The immediate future of Iowa basketball is pretty exciting as it is, what with Tyler Cook's arrival and one more year of Peter Jok and the development of guys like Christian Williams, Jordan Bohannon, Isaiah Moss, Cordell Pemsl, and Maishe Dailey. But the not-too-distant future of Iowa basketball is really exciting, based on the players who have given verbal commitments to Iowa in the upcoming recruiting classes. Let's take a break from previewing the 2016-17 season to look ahead at the next few years.
Iowa's 2017 recruiting class should be done; as we discussed earlier today, at the moment they don't have room for everyone as it is. For Iowa to add any more players to this class, they'd need a fairly big exodus from the program to find the room -- let's not contemplate that possibility. Fortunately, the three players Iowa has verbal commitments from in 2017 are pretty exciting, as you can see from their highlights below.
The elder McCaffery son, Connor, projects as a point guard, so he should give Iowa added depth there next year, along with Christian Williams and Jordan Bohannon. Connor is already listed at 6-6, so he'd be in line with the bigger point guards Fran has played like Devyn Marble and Williams. Connor runs the floor well and sets up teammates for easy looks, which are key skills for a Fran McCaffery point guard; he also appears to have a pretty good jump shot.
Garza brings interior size (something Iowa had a lot of back when Woodbury, Olaseni, White, and Uthoff were in the program, but that's lacking right now), as well as some post moves and a solid jump shot. Nunge adds more interior size to Iowa's lineup and, if his highlights are to be believed, some seriously impressive shooting range. If Iowa has a big man who's a legit three-point threat, that could really do some exciting things for this offense. He also shows some good instincts when it comes to defense and getting blocks.
Iowa only has one verbal commitment in the Class of 2018 right now, but what a commitment it is -- Muscatine's Joe Wieskamp has ranked near the top of the Class of 2018 rankings every time they get updated and it's not hard to see why after watching some of his highlights or reading this profile of him at Hawk Central. He's 6-6 (and probably still growing) and the sort of long, lanky, skilled athlete that McCaffery loves. He moves well, has a nice shooting motion, and shows good instincts on rebounds. The thought of an Iowa team with Wieskamp and Cook on it (they could play together for two years) is pretty enticing.
The other McCaffery boy is no chopped liver -- in fact, he's projected to be even better than his older brother, according to the scouting services. Both Wieskamp and McCaffery could rank among the top recruits Fran has managed to bring to Iowa by the time their high school careers are done. McCaffery is another long, lanky player with impressive athleticism and basketball skills, especially considering his age (he'll be a sophomore in high school this year). McCaffery is already listed at 6-8 and he could be a thrilling addition to Iowa's front court in a few years with his ability to run the court and finish in transition (he loves to dunk, as you can see below) and shoot well from outside.
So yeah: get your creep on. The future of Iowa basketball should be a whole lot of fun to watch unfold.