In addition to improving seeding in the postseason tournaments, Iowa hoped to beating Illinois Saturday night would impress an important group of recruits in attendance. Despite not getting things done on the court, the Hawkeyes did well off of it.
JUCO point guard Trey Dickerson verbally committed on his official visit. Joseph Toye, a four-star small forward in the 2015 class, put little stock in the Iowa loss as it pertained to his recruitment.
"It doesn't affect my view of Iowa because I've watched them in other games that they won," the 6-foot-5, 175-pound Toye said. "It was a good visit. My family got to see the campus, so it was a great experience."
Toye's parents and sister joined him in Iowa City Saturday. They all spoke with the Iowa staff.
"We talked to Coach (Andrew) Francis and Coach (Fran) McCaffery," Toye said. "They talked about how Iowa would be a nice place for me."
Toye, a junior at La Lumiere School in La Porte, IN, now has visited Iowa multiple times. The Chicago product has the Hawkeyes high on his list of prospective colleges.
"I think Iowa is a great school," Toye said. "The team is really good. And the fans are crazy."
Toye said he has no timeline for his college decision. It could come before the AAU evaluation period in July. It might not.
"I have no clue yet," he said.
Toye recently visited Vanderbilt. He said he has not scheduled any more trips with AAU season upcoming.
"(Vanderbilt) is a good program and it's one of the top academic programs, too,'" Toye said.
In addition to Iowa and Vanderbilt, Toye reports scholarship offers from Auburn, Creighton, Memphis, Missouri, Providence, Bradley and Illinois-Chicago. He says he's been talking more with Oregon State recently.