McCaffery offers update on Iowa recruiting

Published: February 15 2014 | 8:32 am - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 3:41 am in
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IOWA CITY -- Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery still has two scholarships available for the fall, and on Friday, McCaffery said he intends to sign at least one player.

"I suspect that we will fill one of them or maybe two," McCaffery said. "We have some offers out on the table and there are some guys that we are looking at. I wouldn't be opposed to a transfer if that made sense to us.

"I think it is nice to go into the spring with two scholarships."

According to Hawkeye Report, McCaffery watched junior-college point guard Trey Dickerson on Wednesday and offered him a scholarship on Thursday. Dickerson, a 6-foot freshman, averages 19.9 points and has a 2.2 assist-to-turnover ratio at Willison (N.D.) Junior College. He can play three years at a Division I institution.

McCaffery previously offered 6-foot-8 sophomore forward Willie Atwood, who plays for Connors State College in Oklahoma. Atwood averages 20.3 points, 9.2 rebounds and has made 202 free throws, second-most in junior-college basketball.

Iowa already has signed two incoming freshman for the fall class -- 6-8 forward Dominique Uhl and 6-4 guard Brady Ellingson. McCaffery can't talk about specific prospects until they sign letters of intent. The earliest either could sign is April 16.

Iowa loses three players next year -- all-everything guard Devyn Marble and physical forwards Melsahn Basabe and Zach McCabe. The Hawkeyes bring back two point guards in Mike Gesell and Anthony Clemmons, but McCaffery wouldn't see any prospect as simply a point guard.

"Anytime you recruit someone it is because they bring a particular skill set that is different than what you have," McCaffery said. "That is the only reason you do it. I look at it as if I offer someone .... I look at this as a guard who can play or a forward who can play, or just a guy who can play different positions. That is kind of how I look at it. I don't pigeon hole it. I think we are beyond the one, two, three, four, five (position) numbering system. I think that's obsolete."

McCaffery and his staff are well into evaluating and offering scholarships for the 2015 class. Those scholarships will replace forward Aaron White, center Gabe Olaseni and guard Josh Oglesby.

"I feel really good about what we have coming back and the two guys (Uhl and Ellingson) that we have signed," McCaffery said. "We have some flexibility. It's not like we are in panic mode. We don't have a lot of offers out. We really have very few. Most of the guys that we are offering are juniors.

"Do we really need to bring a guy in this year or can we wait and feel like the quality of guys that we are looking at are really good? There are times when we are looking for a guy that has a certain fit and if a guy fits, then we offer and it makes sense in recruiting the kid because this is a position that we need and a skill set that we are graduating."

 

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