Since Iowa basketball's season ended on Sunday with a narrow overtime loss to Tennessee, one of the foremost questions on the minds of Iowa fans (and the subject of a post soon to drop here at GIA) as we all turn our heads to thoughts of next season is how Fran will go about managing the roster next season. Iowa is set to return every player from this past season, minus the graduating Nicholas Baer, as well as add two incoming freshmen (Joe Toussaint and Patrick McCaffery) and welcome back Cordell Pemsl, Jack Nunge, and C.J. Frederick from redshirt seasons. Or rather, Iowa was set to return every player but Baer next year -- Maishe Dailey is leaving the fold.
Maishe Dailey will transfer from the Iowa basketball program.
Maishe has been a great teammate and a valuable member of our program. We thank him for his contributions to our program and we wish him the best. - Fran McCaffery #Hawkeyes pic.twitter.com/H7YqqrZFiL
— Iowa Basketball (@IowaHoops) March 28, 2019
Dailey's decision doesn't exactly come out of the blue. He averaged 12.4 minutes per game this past season, the fewest among players in Iowa's regular rotation. He was already the fourth guard to see the floor for Iowa (or fifth if you count Joe Wieskamp as a guard) and with Iowa adding the highly-touted Toussaint and welcoming Frederick off redshirt, it looked unlikely that Dailey's role was going to increase next season. Aside from Dailey's small role (that was likely to shrink even further next season), he was also at the epicenter of the situation that led to Gary Dolphin getting suspended the first time this season, which had to add just a bit of extra awkwardness to everything.
Last year Dailey averaged 2.5 ppg and 1.5 rpg on 35% shooting, but made just 20.8% of his 3-point attempts. In 2017-18, Dailey averaged 4.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg, and 1.6 apg while shooting 42.6% from the floor and 38.9% from 3-point range in 16.5 minutes per game. Dailey's court time diminished with the additions of Wieskamp and Connor McCaffery to the rotation and his offensive effectiveness plummeted in the limited time he was on the court. Dailey still provided value for Iowa on the defensive side of the ball and his contributions there will be missed.
Ultimately, this is a move that seems to make sense for both sides. It's a bit reminiscent of Brady Ellingson's decision to transfer to Drake last year; he was able to go to a smaller school and carve out a bigger role for himself (he averaged 11.8 ppg on 50% shooting, including 46.9% from deep, and played almost 34 minutes per game) in his final year of eligibility. Perhaps Dailey can do something similar, wherever he lands. Dailey also still has a redshirt to use. From Iowa's perspective, Dailey's departure should free up the potential logjam in the back court a bit and make it a little bit easier to find minutes for Toussaint and Frederick.
Best of luck in wherever your path takes you next, Maishe.