Bio: True Freshman 6'6", 183 lbs. (Beachwood, OH)
Last Season: n/a (high school)
What We Saw Last Season
Even by the standards of late-emerging prospects, Dailey was one hell of a late bloomer last season. He didn't commit to Iowa until May 4 -- and he didn't really hit the recruiting radar until shortly before that. When two scholarships opened up after the departures of Brandon Hutton and Andrew Fleming, Iowa gave one of the scholarships to walk-on Nicholas Baer and went back on the hunt for another new player other scholarship. That hunt ended with Dailey, a long-limbed wing with good athleticism but not a ton of polish.
What We Need To See This Season
Seriously, I have no idea what to expect from Dailey. Fran has said that he only anticipates redshirting Riley Till (a walk-on) this year, but it's hard to see how Iowa finds enough playing time for 13 scholarship players. And Dailey seems like a player who would really benefit from a redshirt -- when he committed, David Cassilo, an Ohio-area recruiting analyst had this to say about Dailey:
"When it all clicks, (Dailey) definitely has the potential to be a steal for Iowa," said David Cassilo, a recruiting analyst from Cleveland for the Prep Hoops Network. "He is a player that has a lot of potential and could be a starter or rotation player around his sophomore year or so. Early on, he's going to have to build up his body and could potentially redshirt."
It's not hard to see what Fran saw in Dailey last spring -- a tall, lanky wing with good athleticism? Yeah, that's certainly Fran's type alright. And there's plenty to like in his highlights:
But it's not at all clear that he's ready to contribute in a meaningful way for Iowa this season.
Best Case Scenario
Dailey is more ready than we suspected and he becomes a key member of Iowa's bench unit. Dailey's length and energy proves to be a great fit with Iowa's defensive press and he helps the second unit force turnovers and create fast break scoring opportunities. Dailey has more than a few jaw-dropping dunks and becomes a cult favorite among Iowa fans.
Most Likely Scenario
I really do think there's a high probability of Dailey redshirting this year. The minutes crunch is real and Dailey is such an unknown quantity that it's easy to see how he could benefit from a redshirt campaign to improve his skills. It's hard to see Dailey being a make-or-break player for Iowa this season, so why not let him watch and learn for a year? If he does play, I predict that he plays very sparingly -- around 4-5 minutes per game and something like 2.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 0.5 spg.
If he sees the court, I really hope Dailey just becomes an absolute pest off the bench for a few minutes. Harass opposing guards, get those long arms in the passing lanes, force some turnovers, and throw down a few tremendous dunks. That would be fun.