IOWA CITY, Iowa - The Iowa basketball roster continued its transformation Tuesday with the news that two scholarship players would be transferring. It meant the Hawkeyes would be saying good-bye to five athletes from the 2013-14 lineup.
Darius Stokes took part in Senior Day festivities last month and wasn't expected back next season. He was set to graduate in May and can become eligible to play right away at his new school. He used the scholarship freed up when Patrick Ingram transferred before last season and wouldn't have had one with the Hawkeyes moving forward.
Kyle Meyer left with three years of eligibility remaining. He redshirted as a true freshman before seeing action in only 12 of the team's 33 games this past winter. The Georgia product could play right away if he dropped down a level or would have to sit if he ended up at another D-I school.
With Meyer and Stokes, Iowa also lost seniors Roy Devyn Marble, Melsahn Basabe and Zach McCabe from this past season's team. Prep seniors, Dominique Uhl and Brady Ellingson, signed letters of intent in November and JUCO point guard Trey Dickerson was expected to pen his document on April 16 after verbally pledging last month.
With five players leaving and three tabbed to come in, Fran McCaffery has two scholarships available in the 2014 Class. The coach appears interested in rolling at least one of them over to the next cycle, he told Hawk Central.
Two scholarships remain open win the '15 Class if verbal commitment, Brandon Hutton, signs in November. The Hawkeyes appear to sit well with a number of recruits in that cycle and having a third ride might be the best way to go.
McCaffery leaves open the possibility of filling both available rides before next season, however. They could be high school seniors, JUCOs, transfers from other D-I schools or a combination from those areas.
Let's take a look at what's available, understanding that these things can change in a minute (this list will be updated as we gather new information):
School: Connors State College (Okla.)
The Skinny: McCaffery would rejoice in signing Atwood and rolling his other available scholarship into the 2015 Class. The versatile Atwood officially visited Iowa a few weeks ago and was scheduled to use an official on a Florida State trip this weekend. Atwood is considered one of the best available JUCO's on the market and his friendship with Dickerson is thought to give the Hawkeyes the inside track. Atwood has not spoken publicly about his Iowa visit, so it's hard to get a read on where he sits in his recruitment. I'm hearing that he will visit Arizona State next weekend.
School: St. John's transfer
The Skinny: Iowa's defensive struggles down the stretch of this season have been well documented. Obekpa would help. He'd have to sit a year after leaving the Red Storm but would step into the void left by Gabe Olaseni's exit in '15-16. Obekpa played AAU ball with Dickerson, which could lead to him giving the Hawkeyes a serious look.
School: Oak Hill Academy
Position: Power Forward/Center
The Skinny: Iowa scouted the powerful Lithuanian in person this season. Gustys is a work in progress and does most of his damage on the low block. Some question if he has the quickness and footwork to play at the high major level. He'd be more of a fallback option for the Hawkeyes if the staff felt it could develop him into a productive Big Ten post down the road.
School: La Lumiere School
The Skinny: Logwood, who transferred to La Lumiere from Lawrence North High, signed with Auburn in November. It's been reported that he's still undecided whether or not he'll ask for a release from the school after it replaced Coach Tony Barbee with Bruce Pearl last month. Our Scout.com Auburn site reported Wednesday that it appeared the new staff had made inroads with Logwood and felt good that he'll stick with the program. The Hawkeyes offered him last summer and he told us that he liked the school. There likely would be a scramble for the talented wing's services if he were to be granted a release from Auburn.