Like Mike Miller, Colton Iverson is from South Dakota.
Like Miller, Iverson could end up wearing a Florida basketball uniform.
Other than that, there are few similarities between Iverson and the former Florida standout forward who plays for the Memphis Grizzlies.
“People are bound to make those comparisons,” Scout.com national college basketball recruiting analyst Dave Telep said. “But they really couldn’t be more different.”
The 6-foot-10, 200-pound Iverson, who is said to be visiting the Florida campus this week, is more of a bruiser inside than an athletic wing. It’s the kind of player Florida is looking for to round out a 2008 class that includes guards Erving Walker and Ray Shipman and forward Kenny Kadji.
Florida coach Billy Donovan flew to Yankton, S.D., via private jet to watch Iverson in a private workout on July 31, the final day of the Division I summer evaluation period. Also in attendance were Iowa coach Todd Lickliter, Nebraska coach Doc Sadler and Iowa State coach Greg McDermott.
Iverson gained attention this summer by leading his AAU team, the South Dakota Heat, to a championship at the Hoosier Shootout in Bloomington, Ind.
Telep watched Iverson at the Reebok Summer Championships in Las Vegas last month.
“He owns his area,” Telep said. “He rebounds the ball really well in the area and he’s a basket protector, a good shot-blocker who could probably help Florida at the front of its press. He’s not as offensive-minded as some of the guys Florida typically recruits but can finish around the basket and runs the floor well.”
Iverson’s decision could come down to Donovan against a former recruiting rival, Kentucky-turned-Minnesota coach Tubby Smith. Iverson is scheduled to visit Minnesota this weekend and could choose the Golden Gophers if he wants to stay close to home.
Or Iverson could follow Miller’s path.
“Billy could end up with the best two players South Dakota has produced in the last decade,” Telep said.