2019 prospect Patrick McCaffery put together an eye opening performance this past weekend at the John Lucas Midwest Invitational.
McCaffery, the son of Iowa coach Fran McCaffery, impressed with his skill and versatility as a scorer. His rim running and ability to beat the opposition to the opposite end for easy buckets also stood out.
“Yeah especially in camps like these where there’s not really a half-court setting, you just got to go get as many easy baskets as you can,” McCaffery told Scout.
“I just try to be really versatile,” he added. “Make shots, make plays off the dribble, make plays for my teammates, rebound, block shots, run the floor, just kind of do whatever it takes to win.”
While McCaffery certainly showed a promising future he said strength is an area he’s looking to develop.
“I’m trying to gain some weight,” McCaffery said. “[I’m] trying to get a lot stronger, trying get quicker moves and keep my handle tighter so I’m able to go by guys a lot better and just like staying low, playing through contact, and making shots.”
Although he’s tracking as a high major prospect, McCaffery’s recruitment has been somewhat slow, as he said he hasn’t heard from many colleges. With his father the coach and his brother a soon to be player; is playing at Iowa something he’s interested in?
“Yeah for sure,” he said. “But I still would like to look into other options.”
Outside of the obvious, what stands out about the Hawkeyes?
“A lot of friends at my school end up going to Iowa and I’ve known all the assistants for like 6 years,” McCaffery said. “My brother is going there, my dad is the coach and home, so I just got really comfortable there.”