The future of Iowa basketball becomes clearer this week with the anticipated addition of four athletes. The 2015 recruiting class will comprise nearly a third of the roster next winter.
Three players are expected to sign national letters of intent Wednesday with a fourth putting pen to paper on Friday. Division I schools are allowed by NCAA rules to have 13 men on scholarship at any one time.
Andrew Fleming, Brandon Hutton and Isaiah Moss told Hawkeye Insider that they will sign with the Hawkeyes Wednesday, when the week-long early period tips off. Ahmad Wagner told HI that he would be penning his NLOI on Friday at his Wayne High School in Huber Heights, Ohio.
"I am very excited to play college basketball at the University of Iowa," Fleming told HI. "It's a blessing to have this opportunity to play for such a great coaching staff and to play at such a great school with the most passionate fans. I am excited to do huge things in a Hawkeye uniform and I'm ready to help bring wins to this program so we can be one of the dominant teams in the Big Ten."
Fleming is a combo guard from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of the Wilson, VA. He shoots the ball well from the outside and his athleticism is an underrated part of his game.
Fleming played his first three prep seasons at Ensworth High in Nashville, TN before moving to Oak Hill this summer to challenge himself against top competition. He won three state titles and Mr. Basketball Awards in Tennessee.
"All the hard work has payed off, and I'm so excited to play basketball for Coach (Fran) McCaffery," Fleming said. "He's a great coach and an even better person and that's the type of coach I was looking for when I was looking for a school. Iowa is the place to be for me and I couldn't be happier. Go Hawks!"
Wagner faced an interesting decision this fall after verbally committing to the Hawkeyes in early August. He gained a lot of attention and a Kentucky offer for football with a fine fall for his prep team.
The 6-foot-7, 200-pound Wagner decided against a recent visit to Kentucky for football. He felt like basketball at Iowa was the right choice.
"I am very excited about officially becoming a Hawkeye and playing under Coach McCaffery and the rest of the staff," Wagner told HI with excitement. "I am really looking forward to my coaches, future teammates, the wonderful fans, and officially being apart of the Hawkeye family. Being a D-I athlete feels amazing. I am truly blessed and thank God for everything he has blessed me with in my life."
Hutton jumped in as the first member of the '15 Iowa Class. The Chicago De La Salle Institute wing verbally pledged to the Hawkeyes in early March.
"I will shed my blood, sweat, and tears representing the Hawkeye Nation of Iowa," Hutton said. "It's a dream come true to actually sign to Iowa. I can't wait to start my college career with such a great coaching staff and teammates."
Hutton (6-6, 210) still is developing his offensive game but has all the ability to be a standout at the next level. He is long, rebounds well for his size and can defend multiple positions in a lockdown fashion.
Moss joined the group last, officially visiting and then committing earlier this month. The 6-6, 200-pound wing has been overshadowed at famed Chicago Simeon but emerged as a strong prospect in his own right this summer.
Moss plays even bigger than his listed dimensions with his length and ability to run the floor. He can shoot it from the outside or put it on the floor and get past the defender. He'll need to add strength but his best basketball is ahead of him.
McCaffery most likely will carry his one remaining available scholarship over to the spring where he'd like to add a post player. Tyler (TX) JUCO C Ikenna Okwarabizie holds a Hawkeye offer and appears to be a main target.