Hey, a point guard! In the midst of all the CyHawk football action yesterday there was also a spot of hoops news -- some important hoops news, in fact. At least, important so far as the future is concerned -- because Iowa has a point guard for its 2019 recruiting class, Joe Toussaint.
Just confirmed it with Joe Toussaint (@jtoussaint_2): The 2019 three-star PG has committed to the Hawkeyes. Iowa's 2019 PG saga is over.— Matthew Bain (@MatthewBain_) September 8, 2018
Toussaint (pronounced too-saunt), listed at 5-10, 170 lbs, is a 3* prospect from the Bronx. He chose Iowa over offers from UNLV, Dayton, and Wichita State. SUCK IT SHOCKERS.
Toussaint's verbal commitment puts an end to Iowa's longstanding quest for a point guard. Iowa eschewed trying to add a point guard to its 2018 class, deciding to rely on Jordan Bohannon and and a finally healthy Connor McCaffery; they'll be Iowa's top options to direct the offense this season. Point guard had been a priority for Iowa in its 2019 class, but it was unclear who Iowa would land to fill that role after missing out on in-state mega-recruit D.J. Carton. There was even some talk of Iowa holding off on a point guard until the 2020 class, but obviously that was unfounded.
So what kind of a point guard is Toussaint? Per Rivals:
"Joe is as tough as they come," said Rivals.com analyst Corey Evans. "He is an unselfish playmaker that is willing to do all of the smaller things for his unit to succeed. He’s efficient as a facilitator but even better as a defender."
"Toussaint will be relied upon immediately for his ability to guard the basketball, which should set the tone at the point of the attack at the lead guard spot."
A tenacious defender at the point guard spot would be a welcome development for Iowa hoops; they haven't really had one in that role since Anthony Clemmons graduated. As much as he provides to Iowa on offense with his distribution and long-range shooting, defense has been a sore spot with Jordan Bohannon as Iowa's lead guard, so getting a guard who could help with that issue is definitely a positive.
Toussaint's defensive chops aren't on display in that video, but you do get a sense of his distribution, which looks very good. He also appears to have a good first step and the ability to get into the lane quickly.
Toussaint got onto Iowa's radar after playing with fellow 2019 recruit Patrick McCaffery at the NBPA Top 100 camp in June. Toussaint reportedly impressed the younger McCaffery, who urged his father to take a look at him; that led to the elder McCaffery eventually offering Toussaint on July 31 and, now, Toussaint commiting to Iowa. The commitment of Toussaint gives Iowa two members in its 2019 recruiting class and gives Iowa the 16th ranked class in the nation (and fourth in the Big Ten), per 247 Sports. Obviously most of that high ranking is due to the presence of Patrick McCaffery, a 4* recruit and the 247's 63rd best recruit, nationally.
Most importantly, though, Iowa's odyssey to find a point guard in recruiting appears, at long last, to be over. Welcome to Iowa, Mr. Toussaint.