Caring is Creepy 2019: Have a Seat, Patrick McCaffery

By Jeremy Karll on October 5, 2017 at 7:53 pm

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In the midst of homecoming week, Patrick McCaffery announced his commitment to Iowa basketball, becoming Fran McCaffery's first commitment in 2019.

McCaffery, listed at 6-8, 180 pounds, is the son of Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery and the younger brother of Connor McCaffery, also a celebrated recruit (Class of 2017), who plans to redshirt in basketball this season and play for Rick Heller's Iowa baseball team this year. His commitment always seemed inevitable because of his family ties, but he's still a huge get for Iowa. 

Rivals and ESPN both rank him as a four-star recruit and the 30th best player in the 2019 class -- Iowa's highest ranked commitment in the Rivals database (which goes back to 2003).

Even though Fran didn't have to do a ton of convincing -- Rivals doesn't list any other offers for Patrick -- this continues the recent trend of him consistently bringing in four-star recruits. Iowa landed a pair in Adam Woodbury and Mike Gesell in 2012, Tyler Cook in 2016, Luka Garza and Connor McCaffery in 2017, and Iowa high school phenom Joe Wieskamp, ranked 40th by Rivals, is one of two Iowa commitments in 2018. Assuming no one leaves early or transfers, the Hawkeyes look to be really dangerous in the coming years.

At Iowa City West last year, playing alongside Connor, Patrick averaged 13.8 points per game on 60.6 percent shooting as a sophomore, helping West win a state title. In his highlights from the NBPA Top 100 Camp, McCaffery did most of his scoring near the basket, finishing well through contact. He also hit a couple of spot-up threes, which is needed in today's game. He had a couple of nice defensive plays as well, while running the floor well for easy layups. Of course, McCaffery is only a junior this year, so his game should only improve, especially if he continues to go to elite camps. 

By 2019 it's hard to know who will be here and who won't, but right now Iowa has 12 scholarship players for the 2019-20 season, counting Connor McCaffery. However, players could transfer and there's a slight chance that Tyler Cook could leave early for the NBA. Either way, McCaffery's versatility and size should earn him playing time even on a team with potentially six seniors and two juniors. 

Welcome to Iowa, Patrick McCaffery. 

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