Iowa Western guard visiting
By Dayton Morinaga
Advertiser Staff Writer
Even with seven new recruits already signed for next season, the University of Hawai'i men's basketball team is apparently not done.
Anthony Salter, a coveted point guard at Iowa Western Community College, said Hawai'i is "at the top" of his list of schools to play at next season.
Salter — who is 5 feet 11 and 175 pounds — is on a recruiting visit to Honolulu this weekend.
"This is my first trip to Hawai'i, so I knew I was going to be blown away by everything," Salter said. "But, man, it's even more beautiful than I thought."
Salter averaged 12.4 points, 2.8 assists and 2.2 rebounds per game as a sophomore at Iowa Western last season. He has two seasons of NCAA Division I eligibility.
Iowa Western relied on a balanced system, and Salter led the team in scoring, assists, steals (35) and free-throw percentage (.777). He was named to the All-Iowa Community College Athletic Conference second team.
"Two years playing junior college gave me a chance to work on my game and get better, humble me a little bit," he said. "Now I feel like I'm ready for Division I."
Salter signed a letter of intent with Auburn during the early signing period in November, but requested — and received — a release after head coach Jeff Lebo was dismissed in March.
When Salter signed with Auburn, Lebo said: "Anthony Salter may be the top junior college point guard in the country. He is very good in transition. He is very quick, can score, can shoot the 3 and is very good at the mid-range stop-and-pop area. He played at Iowa Western, which is one of the top junior college programs in the country."
Since receiving his release from Auburn, Salter has been recruited by several top programs, including Iowa, Indiana, Illinois and Charlotte.
Prior to attending Iowa Western, Salter averaged around 19 points, six assists and four rebounds per game as a senior at Rickards High in Tallahassee, Florida.
"The weather is similar (to Hawai'i)," Salter said. "But I've never seen beaches like this in Florida."
Hawai'i has one scholarship to award for next season.
Per NCAA rules, Hawai'i head coach Gib Arnold can not comment on recruits until a letter of intent is signed.