The Iowa basketball banquet offered a rare offseason opportunity for hoops news. Here's what we learned.
Transfers and Scholarships
The biggest story of the offseason is a simple math problem: Iowa recruited and signed three players for next season but, given Dale Jones' medical redshirt from last season, is losing only one senior due to expired eligibility.
As expected, the first shoe has dropped: Dale Jones is leaving Iowa and will try to play elsewhere next year. But (contrary to the message board rumors) nobody else has left, which means Iowa is one player over the limit. And that's going to cost Fran some money.
From Iowa basketball banquet: McCaffery confirms no one is transferring (other than Jones), his son's status unchanged -- no schollie yet— MarkEmmert (@MarkEmmert) April 9, 2017
In Emmert's article, McCaffery says that he's met with the entire roster and doesn't expect any more moves.
There has long been speculation that Connor McCaffery, who is an accomplished baseball player in addition to his basketball success, would join the baseball team at Iowa. However, remember two things: Baseball only has 11.7 scholarships available and rarely gives a full ride, and any basketball player receiving a scholarship in another sport still counts in full against basketball scholarship limits. If there isn't going to be another transfer and McCaffery is joining the team, he'll have to walk on in every sport he wants to play.
Of course, there's a long way to go to next year, and transfers are still possible. The frontcourt rotation alone could force some movement, before we even get to point guard and other roles overlapping. However, anyone leaving is missing out on Iowa's European tour this summer; there's plenty of incentive to stick around. And the distribution of minutes on that trip to Germany is going to be interesting.
Awards and Superlatives
Peter Jok won the Chris Street Award, the highest honor given by the program.
A former Chris Street Award winner sent his congratulations:
Ahmad Wagner took home the newly-created Kenny Arnold Hawkeye Spirit Award. Wagner also won Most Improved Player, following a season where his role shifted considerably. Jordan Bohannon won Best Playmaker, and shared Newcomer of the Year with Tyler Cook. And Nicholas Baer won Best Rebounder and Best Defender.
Iowa will play in the newly-created Cayman Classic on November 20-22, 2017. Other teams in the field include Cincinnati, UAB, Wyoming, Buffalo, South Dakota State, Louisiana-Lafayette and Richmond. Not exactly the resume-building fall trip that the Hawkeyes have taken over the last few years, but those resume-builders have led to losses in bunches. For a young team trying to find its rotations and minute distributions, this makes some sense.
Also, it's in the Cayman Islands, so who cares who's playing?
That looks fun. We should go there.