If he has a Bru-like career, I'll be absolutely ecstatic.
In other news, while 15-24 is obviously not great for Iowa softball, at least they've turned things around a bit from their absolute horror start to the season. That was a train wreck. Hopefully they keep improving, although that series against Minnesota seems like it could be pretty ugly.
If she keeps running like this, I'd say Brown will definitely have a shot at the Olympics, which would be fantastic. Hopefully she can add some hardware to Iowa's trophy case in terms of Big Ten and NCAA titles before that -- I don't know who our last national champion was in track, but it seems like it's been a while.
I think perhaps we've been underestimating the appeal of baseball for Connor for a while.
It would be odd for a Top 100 hoops recruit to not play hoops, but if he has more of a future in baseball -- and/or he just enjoys it more -- it wouldn't be that odd for him to pursue it. It happens in other sports -- wrestling loses a fair number of guys every year to play football in college instead of wrestle. Those aren't exactly similar situations -- going from a wrestling schollie to a football schollie means going from (likely) a partial schollie to (guaranteed) a full schollie, which is not insignificant (while doing baseball instead of basketball would be the opposite -- you'd be going from a for sure full schollie to a likely partial schollie) -- but fundamentally they tend to be decisions made for the same reason: because they see more of a future in the other sport. We'll have to wait and see what Connor decides.
My personal read is that the door to basketball isn't closed, no matter what happens next year. It DOES sound like it might not be all that likely that he would be available for basketball next year, though, as we had assumed.
It would also put Connor in the same class as Joe Wieskamp.
It would also give him another year of eligibility to play with his brother Patrick, too.
If he starts his basketball eligibility in 2018-19, he'd have the 2019-20, 2020-21, and 2021-22 seasons to play with Patrick. Of course Iowa still doesn't have a scholarship for him in 2018-19, really. Right now Dom Uhl is Iowa's only senior next year, and Wieskamp is slated to get that scholarship. So Iowa still needs someone to transfer out for Connor to be on scholarship. That said, it's pretty hard to imagine that Iowa would essentially go 2 years in a row with no transfers, especially with the glut of forwards this team is going to have next year. It's not hard at all to envision one of those bigs deciding they want to find some more PT elsewhere.
I wonder about that too a little bit, but some guys just seem to have good genetics on that front. Look at the McCoy comparison -- he has a lot of the same style as Wadley and he's been remarkably durable over the course of his career. Hopefully the same holds true for Akrum as well.
T8 | Three consecutive bases-loaded walks as Cropley draws another one. Adams scores. #Hawkeyes lead it 13-0. Still only one out.— Iowa Baseball (@UIBaseball) April 7, 2017
Things are going well for the good guys:
T5 | A base hit up the middle for Norman scores Neustrom! #Hawkeyes extend their lead to 7-0.— Iowa Baseball (@UIBaseball) April 7, 2017
Good timing, because Jeremy wrote a bit about that today!