SHAWNEE, Kan. — DaJuan Foster saw the tweet the other night.
The tweet that predicted powerhouse prep academy Oak Hill’s basketball roster next year. It included names like Scottie Barnes, Sharife Cooper, Isaiah Todd …
And Xavier Foster, from Oskaloosa, Iowa.
“I’ve heard he was going to schools everywhere,” DaJuan, Xavier’s father, told the Register with an eye roll after Friday’s live period action at the RecruitLook Hoops Session II Kansas City Showcase.
Ever since Foster helped lead Oskaloosa to the Class 3A title, rumors swirled that he’d finish his high school career at a prep academy, where he’d play elite competition and, in theory, get more exposure.
DaJuan Foster said those rumors are unfounded.
“We haven’t entertained it at all,” he said about the notion of sending his son to a prep school. “(Colleges) know who he is. There’s no need to go thousands of miles from home playing high school basketball. Just enjoy it.”
Throughout his entire recruitment, which began before he played a single high school game, Foster’s parents have tried to keep their son’s life as ordinary as possible. That’s why DaJuan handles most of Xavier’s recruitment.
“The thing that we want to do is let him be as normal a kid as possible,” DaJuan Foster said. “Because, one day, (basketball) might be a job. So then you’ll worry about all the other stuff. But right now, just be a 16-year-old.
“We’re not going anywhere.”
Other Xavier Foster news
Foster and his father both told the Register they’ve set an official visit to Baylor in late June. They couldn’t remember the exact dates off hand.
The Fosters just had an in-home visit with Baylor last Monday. The Bears maintained a steady presence in Foster’s recruitment while Iowa, Iowa State, USC and UCLA caught steam this summer and fall. Baylor is squarely in the mix for the 7-footer.
Foster said he enjoyed his home visit with associate head coach Jerome Tang.
“They talked more about the play style and the fit, and just how they’d use me,” he said.
Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery and assistant coach Sherman Dillard visited with the Fosters the following night. Xavier said their message included “the homey feel” of Iowa — that it’s a dream for many Iowa kids to play for the Hawkeyes.
USC is set to visit the Fosters next Monday. DaJuan Foster said Iowa State’s visit, which was originally slated for April 28, will now take place May 1.
“They’ve been cool,” DaJuan said of the home visits. “It’s interesting. Sit down, have the coaches talk to Xavier about how they would use him in their system and whatnot. We did a lot of talking about … how he would be used, what they’d like to see from him.”
Iowa (McCaffery), Iowa State (Steve Prohm), USC (assistant coach Chris Capko), Duke (assistant coach Nate James) and Michigan (assistant coach Luke Yaklich) were on hand for Foster’s first day of the live period Friday.
McCaffery, Capko and James were courtside for both of Foster’s games.
North Carolina has also contacted Foster, he and his father told the Register. An assistant coach asked for Foster’s schedule this weekend via Twitter.