By Pat Harty
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Rick Heller now can only imagine what it would’ve been like to coach talented shortstop Korry Howell.
Heller lost the opportunity when Howell recently decided that he would turn professional rather than enroll at Iowa for his junior season.
Heller confirmed Howell's decision to turn pro in a text message Tuesday afternoon.
Howell played his freshman and sophomore seasons for Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids and showed star potential, enough that the Milwaukee Brewers selected the Chicago native in the 12th round of the 2018 Amateur Baseball Draft in June.
Howell will reportedly receive a $210,000 signing bonus.
Howell was drafted last year after his freshman season at Kirkwood in the 19th round by the Kansas City Royals, but returned to school, helping the Eagles to the NJCAA Division II World Series.
Heller was eager to add Howell’s speed and athleticism to the lineup, but the Brewers' gain is Heller’s loss.
This is also another personnel loss for the Iowa baseball program, which had signed Howell to a letter of intent. The Hawkeyes also had outfielder Robert Neustrom, catcher Tyler Cropley and pitchers Brady Schanuel, Nick Allgeyer and Zach Daniels turn pro afer each was selected in the 2018 draft.