McCaffery Previews PSU

Fran McCaffery met with the media Friday on his weekly teleconference. The Iowa coach previewed Saturday's game at Penn State, what he sees happening in spring recruiting and his two open scholarships, and more.

Fran McCaffery used this bye week to get on the road recruiting. The Iowa coach updated progress in that area during Friday morning's teleconference.

After signing Brady Ellingson and Dominique Uhl in November, McCaffery had two open scholarships to use in the spring or hold over to the 2015 class.

"I suspect we'll fill at least one of them, maybe two (in the spring)," McCaffery said. "We've got some offers out on the table. There are guys we're looking at.

"I wouldn't be opposed to a transfer if that presented itself and made sense for us. It's nice to go into the spring with two scholarships feeling really good about what we have coming back and the two guys we signed."

McCaffery extended offers this week to junior college players Trey Dickerson, a point guard, and power forward Willie Atwood.

Dickerson Talks Iowa Offer

Atwood Talks Iowa Offer

"We've got some flexibility," McCaffery said. "It's not like we're in panic mode. We don't have a lot of offers out. We really have very few. Most of the guys we're offering are (high school) juniors.

"That's the thing you have to weigh. Do we really need to bring a guy in this year or can we wait? There are times when you're looking for a certain fit. If a guy fits, then we offer. It's the only way I'm able to make sense in recruiting a kid, to be able to tell him, "Look, this is a position that we need. This is a skill set that we're graduating and you can come in and help us.""

Versatile performers Roy Devyn Marble, Zach McCabe and Melsahn Basabe are seniors on this year's 16th-ranked Hawkeyes. Dickerson can play both guard spots and Atwood does the same at forward.

Some fans have wondered why McCaffery would add a point guard in his class, especially one from junior college, with Mike Gesell and Anthony Clemmons returning next season with two years of eligibility.

"Anytime you recruit somebody it's because they bring a particular skill set that's different than what you have," McCaffery said. "It's the only reason you do it. If I offer somebody, I look at them as a guard who can play or a forward who can play or just a guy who can play but can play more than one position.

"I don't pigeon hole. I think we're beyond the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 numbering system. That's obsolete."

McCaffery got back to his team later this week, preparing it for Saturday's game at Penn State. He talked extensively about the Nittany Lions on Friday and you can hear what he had to say in the complete audio of his teleconference below:

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