Brett Van Sloten’s schedule at the University of Iowa might actually be a break compared to what he’s used to.
During the season with the Decorah Vikings, Van Sloten’s schedule kept him busy late into Wednesday night.
“It’s not required, but us captains get together with a bunch of people and go watch film,” the 6-foot-7, 270-pounder said. “It’s just the team. No coaches are there. We just go to a house and bond and that sort of thing.”
Van Sloten’s dad, Doug, played football at Iowa State (1981-85). Brett Van Sloten attended football camps at Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas and Northern Iowa.
Early on, his only offer was from the Hawkeyes. After coach Paul Rhoads was hired, Iowa State made a late run. Van Sloten wasn’t interested.
Brett’s dad pretty much stayed out of it.
“He wanted me to do what was best for me,” Van Sloten said. “He was more for me going to Iowa, because he thought that’d be the best place for me. In the end, he let me decide.”
Van Sloten also is a top prep basketball player.
He received interest from Northern Iowa, a mid-major in the Missouri Valley Conference. As it turns out, the basketball might run deeper in the family roots than the football.
Brett’s older sisters, Sharese and Bethany, play college basketball at Wartburg and Luther, respectively.
His mom, Kendra, played six-player basketball at Ackley-Geneva.
The family has had its share of 2-on-3 match-ups during Christmas breaks in Decorah.
“We play at the local rec center during Christmas and it gets pretty intense,” said Brett, who averaged 21.6 points and 15 rebounds last season. “No one wants to lose.”
Coach Kirk Ferentz sees an offensive tackle.
“You look at Brett Van Sloten, he was 250 last June and he’s up to 270,” Ferentz said. “He’s hit a growth spurt.
“We saw him on tape and really liked the way he played. He was a tight end and defensive end. He came to camp and worked at offensive tackle. I was impressed with his coachability. A lot of times guys resist a new position. He impressed me that day. He competed hard and adjusted to an uncomfortable position.”