As it stands now, the Iowa Basketball team likely won't have a lot of space to bring players in for the class of 2017. They'll graduate Peter Jok and Dale Jones, unless Jones is granted a 6th year, and we may see a transfer or two considering we frequently do in this day in college basketball.
We are going to play this like Iowa is going to have two open scholarships for the class of 2017. Right now, Connor McCaffery is going to fill one of those spots, so Fran McCaffery is back down to one. Connor is the lone guard that Iowa is really targeting in the class of 2017.
Iowa has the talent at the guard spot, so Fran and company are looking more towards your power forwards and centers as we carry on through the recruiting process.
McCaffery is an exceptional shooter and is quicker than he looks. He's a pretty instinctive player with good height. He'll need to get a little tougher before getting to the next level, but he definitely has the size at 6'5" to find success at the next level. The Hawkeyes won't lose much in 2017, so it may be tough for Connor to come in and take playing time away from the current guards.
A lot of the talk recently has been about Jack Nunge from Newburg, IN. He recently had an in-home visit with Iowa, according to Scout's Brian Snow. And apparently, it went pretty well. Nunge doesn't have significant interest, but he is picking up steam. Right now, he holds offers from Iowa and Clemson, but according to Snow, other schools are starting to contact and show some interest in the 6'9" power forward.
He's your typical stretch-four forward who can really shoot the basketball. He's really long and slender, so he'll need to pack on some pounds and get a little quicker before he makes an impact at the next level. However, as long as he can shoot the basketball as well as he can, he'll wind up finding playing time somewhere.
Nunge told Snow that he doesn't really have a timetable for making a decision, but I'd say Iowa is squarely in the mix with this one.
This is where things really start to heat up. Much of the talk has been about Luka Garza, the 6'9" center from the DC area. Garza visited Iowa in early May and according to our own Derek Young, the visit went great. But Iowa isn't the only school in on the action for the 3-star prospect. Saint Josephs, Seton Hall, Alabama, and Louisville are the other schools to offer Garza early on.
Garza does plan on visiting Rick Pitino and the Cardinals in early June.
Garza has real ability to stretch the floor with his jump shot. He looks like he still has yet to grow into his 6'9" frame a little bit, and he needs to clean up the footwork a tad, but Garza shows the instincts and shooting ability to be successful at the next level. This is the one that Fran McCaffery needs to go get in my opinion.
Malik Williams is the other player at the center spot that Iowa has a real chance with, but it seems that that chance is sort of diminishing. According to Brain Snow, the schools that are showing the most love to Williams are the Michigan State Spartans, the Iowa Hawkeyes, and the Indiana Hoosiers. He continues to like the Hawkeyes, but I've talked with some that think he's all Michigan State at this point.
He also could reel in some more offers before his recruitment wraps up.
Williams has legit size at 6'10" and is really crafty with the ball. He has a good looking jump shot, but will need to get a little bigger and stronger.
An early guess out of me would be McCaffery and Garza as the two players that come in in the 2017 class, but there is still a lot of time left. And as we learned in the 2016 class, things can change rather quickly.null