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Iowa prep standout commits to Hawkeye hoopsters

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IOWA CITY -- Basketball player Glen Worley says he'll play college basketball at Iowa.

Worley, who'll be a senior at Iowa City West next season, called a press conference at his high school Wednesday to make the announcement.

``I just felt Iowa was probably the best for me to enhance by skills and education,'' Worley said. ``If Kansas would've been the best school for me, so be it. If Michigan State would've been it, I'd have probably went to Michigan State.

``I just felt Iowa was probably the best for me to enhance my skills and education.''

Worley, considered a Top 25 recruit nationally, said he met with Iowa coach Steve Alford on Monday. He said he also considered Kansas, Michigan State, Duke, Kentucky and Connecticut.

As a junior, the 6-foot-8 Worley averaged 21.4 points and 10.4 rebounds in leading West to a 19-2 record. He helped the Trojans win the Class 4A state championship as a sophomore.

His father, Glen Worley Sr., played at Iowa in the 1970s. He said his son has developed a good relationship with Alford, who became Iowa's coach on March 23.

Worley said the departure of 13-year coach Tom Davis, whose contract was not renewed, might have played a role in his decision.

``I really can't say whether I'd be here or not (if Davis stayed),'' he said. ``Maybe if things would've turned differently, I don't know if I would've been here. I seriously don't know. Coach Alford just seemed like the right kind of guy for me.

``Maybe if I would've talked to coach Tom Davis some more, he would've maybe been the right guy for me,'' Worley said.

Worley becomes the second player in a future recruiting class for Alford. Worley can sign in November. Mason City's Jeff Horner, who still has three more years of high school, committed to Iowa last month.

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