Moss Discusses Hawkeyes Commitment

Iowa picked up a verbal commitment from Chicago wing Isaiah Moss on Sunday during his official visit to the Big Ten school. He talked with HI about his decision.

After a whirlwind weekend officially visiting Iowa, Isaiah Moss pondered his fate Monday morning back home in Chicago. He had come a long way in the last half year.

Moss embarked on the spring AAU period without a Power 5 Conference scholarship offer. By October, the Hawkeyes, along with schools like Iowa State, DePaul and Pittsburgh, were competing for his services.

Sunday, the 6-foot-5, 190-pounder ended his rising recruitment with a verbal commitment to Iowa. A day later, the awe of the position in which he found himself remained.

"Honestly, I'm just thanking God for all he's done for me these last six months," Moss said.

Deep talent with Simeon High School and Mac Irvin Fire overshadowed Moss for a time. He stepped out of relative obscurity with a strong summer with those two programs.

"He has come a long way in the last six months," Simeon Coach Robert Smith told the Chicago Tribune Sunday night. "He grew up some and is starting to put everything together. I think his best basketball is ahead of him."

The Hawkeyes offered Moss on Oct. 22. Iowa State jumped in with an offer a day later. He canceled an official visit to Pittsburgh two weeks ago.

While Iowa jumped in recently with an offer, it had been building a relationship with Moss since his sophomore year, he told HI after receiving an offer from the school.

"My comfort level was a big thing," he said. "I feel if I'm comfortable where I'm at I can do well in school and on the court. And I trust the coaches and the team."

Moss visited DePaul on a number of occasions, including a few weeks ago. He considered stopping at Iowa State but saw all he needed to see in Iowa City this weekend.

"I felt it was about the right time," he said "Plus, I wanted to do it before the season."

Moss planned on waiting until the spring period to sign his national letter of intent. He's changed his mind and will put pen to paper with Iowa next month, he said.

Moss said he has worked hard academically and has qualified for college.

Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery painted a mental picture for Moss on how he would be used with the Hawkeyes.

"I could be at the one, two or three he said. I would be playing how (Roy Devyn) Marble played. He wants me to score for him," Moss said.

Moss joined Brandon Hutton, Andrew Fleming and Ahmad Wagner as known verbal commitments in Iowa's 2015 recruiting class. McCaffery has five scholarships available to him in this cycle.


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