It wasn't too long ago that I wrote about Fran McCaffery stashing his open scholarship for an athlete in the class of 2017. Well, today Fran threw me for a loop as Maishe Dailey committed to the program and later signed, filling the final opening and giving the Hawkeyes another athletic wing.
Dailey was originally committed to Rutgers, but after Eddie Jordan was dismissed in early March he decided that he should head elsewhere. He took an official visit this past weekend in Iowa City and must've liked it because it did not take long for him to make his decision. Dailey was keeping everything rather quiet, but if you looked at who he was following on Twitter (he was following every commit in the class of 2016 for Iowa) the writing was on the wall. He also held offers from Eastern Michigan, George Mason, Toledo, and Robert Morris, so the three star prospect flew right under the radar.
A lot of people were hoping McCaffery and staff went after another point guard given the fact that they aren't particularly deep in that area with soon-to-be sophomore, Christian Williams, who has only played a handful of Big Ten games, and incoming freshman Jordan Bohannon, as the only players that can really handle the ball.
I don't think McCaffery would go after Dailey in this spot if he wasn't sure about the type of player he could turn into. He would've pocketed it and used it next year on a point guard.
At first glance, he has a lot of length, which is a good thing. He weighs about 180 pounds, so he's likely headed for a redshirt season to beef up a little bit, but Iowa has plenty of guys that can play the two and three spots this season, so redshirting him is the smart thing to do. The one thing that really stands out right away when you watch his highlights is; he's an excellent passer. He always seems to be finding open teammates and fitting the ball into tight windows.
He could probably play a little point guard, but he's better suited for a wing spot given how long and athletic he is. He gets good elevation on his jump shots and doesn't take long getting his jumper off. He displayed a good ability to catch and shoot coming off of a screen or off the dribble. He's crafty with the basketball and seems to have a really good feel for the game. To go along with all of this, he gets up and down the court really well, which we know he'll be doing plenty of at Iowa.
The biggest thing right now for him is; he is going to have to bulk up to probably around 200 pounds. He's long and skinny right now, but if you give him a year or two to get stronger, he could turn into a really nice wing piece for the Hawkeyes.
This now gives Iowa five players in the class of 2016 to go along with the five that came in last season. Two from the last class have already departed, but nonetheless, Iowa is going to be a very young ball club this winter.