Iowa Basketball Recruiting: Illinois PG Brock Harding Commits to Hawkeyes

We’re on the cusp of one of the biggest recruiting weekends in years for the Iowa football program with a slew of non-committed possibilities, including a 5-star in-state showdown, and nearly every current 2023 commitment set to… Be in Iowa City on official visits. But before we get to the weekend, the Iowa collars take center stage as Fran McCaffrey and crew hosted three casual visitors on Wednesday.

One such visitor was Mullen, Illinois, Brooke Harding, whom McCaffrey performed on Monday. Harding wasted little time scheduling the short trip west to Iowa City and wasted less time seeing everything he needed to see as the prospect of 2023 announced his commitment to the Hawkeyes Thursday night, joining the highly anticipated Cooper Koch 2024 that committed earlier in the day.

Harding is one intriguing prospect that is sure to become a magnet for Hawk fans. For starters, it’s a semi-local that grew up within an hour of campus. This lends fans an intimacy that is usually found only in state horizons. But Harding crossed the border and never grew up rooting for Iowa.

Away from the fish arc that comes with being a local, Harding is also on the smaller side for a 5-point power ranger. It’s 6-foot tall and in the 160-pound stadium. This should sound familiar because Iowa fans just saw another homegrown product listed at 6 and 170 lbs as a prep for the past six seasons.

Now, Harding is no Jordan Bohannon and we are not likely to see a shooter of this caliber again in our lifetime. But what he is is a relentless worker who has spent his life finding ways to make up for his physical flaws. As WQAD sports reporter Matt Randazzo explained last winter, Harding starts each day by getting 1,000 shots, rain or sun, before starting his work.

That turned him into a very good, if not Bohannon-level, shooter out of the arc. That’s more than good enough to keep defenders honest and out of balance as Harding uses a plethora of moves to break through the lane. He’s had above-average speed in the center, much more than Bohannon or any Iowa PG team over the past several seasons except Joe Toussaint, starting with excellent ball handling, very good vision and sophisticated creativity.

In the film, Harding constantly beats his man away from dribbling and penetrating vision in the lane where he is able to finish around and around bigger defenders or create eastern baskets to smash his teammates. He plays calm, collected and in complete control of attack in a way that is a bit like Bohannon.

Despite these qualities, the lack of volume has remained outstanding for many university coaches as well as recruitment services. While McCaffrey was the first senior coach to pitch, Harding carried other offers from Drake, Bradley, Colorado State, Loyola, UIC, St. Louis, Rice, Western Illinois and Illinois State. It is a 3-star nominee according to 247 Sports but has not yet been rated by Rivals.

Harding became Iowa’s second commitment in the 2023 class, joining Illinois senior Owen Freeman. Coincidentally, Freeman is the AAU Harding Fellow at the Med Pro Academy and will be joining him at Moline this winter. A recent commitment to football in Iowa, Canon Leonard, who has reportedly heard from Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania since his announcement, was also a Mid-Pro teammate for Harding and Freeman.

Welcome aboard Brock Harding!

Brock Harding, PG
Ht: 6’0″
Weight: 160 lbs
Hometown: Moline, Illinois (Moline)
stars: 247 sports – 3; Competitors – NR

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