McCaffery: Transfers a 'possibility' in spring

Iowa basketball coach still has two available scholarships for class of 2014

Published: November 14 2013 | 4:18 pm - Updated: 28 March 2014 | 11:29 pm in

IOWA CITY -- Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery has two more scholarships to use in 2014, and he's wide open on how to distribute them.

"Weíre still involved with some guys, but I donít know where thatís going to end up," McCaffery said. "Weíre fully prepared to move forward. If we have one, we have one. If we have two, we have two."

Moving forward means the spring, where Iowa is likely to seek a point guard and perhaps use another scholarship on best player available. Iowa signed 6-foot-9 forward Dominique Uhl and 6-4 shooting guard Brady Ellingson on Wednesday, but they need to replace all-everything guard Devyn Marble with at least one other guard in the spring. That likely means a transfer.

"Weíve never been a big transfer place, but transfers have a big part in anybodyís team today," McCaffery said. "Obviously we have Jarrod Uthoff (from Wisconsin), we had Bryce Cartwright (former junior-college point guard). Youíre going to have an occasional guy leave, like a Patrick Ingram. Youíre going to have openings, youíre going to have opportunity.

"Obviously Jarrod was an easy one because we recruited him so hard the first time around. Anytime a guy transfers -- and I was a transfer -- that guy wants to get it right and the truth of the matter is we want to get it right. We want to make sure that if youíre involved with transfers you make sure to know who youíre getting, what youíre getting and it works for both of you. Because if a transfer comes and it doesnít work out and thatís the second shot, thatís never a good thing.

"Yes, transfers are a definite possibility."

For Iowa that could mean a traditional transfer, such as a player who competed this year then must sit out a year.† It also could mean a graduate transfer, who would be eligible to play immediately. Illinois started graduate transfer Sam McLaurin 16 times last year, and Brandon Wood started 28 games and averaged 8.8 points a game for Michigan State in 2011-12.

DeAndre Kane graduated from Marshall before transferring to Iowa State this offseason. Kane, a three-time All-Conference USA performer, averages 14.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists in two games this year.

"Weíve had a couple (fifth-year transfers) that have been successful in our league," McCaffery said. "Illinois has had a couple, Michigan State has had one. Thereís a bunch of them out there. If they have a year of eligibility, youíre not bringing in a freshman, youíre bringing in a senior, a guy who just wants to be at this level and give it a shot. If you have a need for that position, itís a great fit."

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