A lot of people, including myself, thought Fran McCaffery would've pocketed his final scholarship that opened up when Andrew Fleming chose to transfer. He had already brought in four players that filled the scholarships that would free up when the seniors graduated, was able to award Nicholas Baer a scholarship when Brandon Hutton transferred, and had that one left when Fleming departed.
Dailey was originally committed to Rutgers, but after Eddie Jordan was let go, it was rumored that Dailey was encouraged to head elsewhere. Then he found himself in Iowa City for a visit and committed to the Hawkeyes not long after that.
I found myself writing a story one day about Fran McCaffery pocketing the scholarship for 2017 and a couple days later we were talking about the Dailey commitment. It kind of came on fast, but Dailey gives the Hawkeyes five in the class of 2016.
When I look at Dailey, I immediately think combo guard. He's 6'6" and weighs about 180 pounds. I think the thing he does best on the court right now is pass the basketball. He always seems to be finding open teammates for easy baskets. His ability to run the court when he gets to Iowa is going to help as well.
He's a long and athletic wing player that fits right into Fran McCaffery's up tempo style. He gets good elevation on his jump shot and is a pretty decent shooter from long range.
He'll need to get a little tougher around the hoop and pack on some pounds to compete in the Big Ten, so that should be priority number one when he arrives on campus.
Of the five players coming in, Dailey is likely going to be one of the players that redshirts, along with either Kriener or Pemsl. This is going to be a good thing for Dailey. I think of the five, he's the one that needs the most work. He has all the potential and good length to be successful in the Big Ten, but is going to need some time.
I know I have spoken with some that don't think Dailey was worth the scholarship, but I tend to disagree with that. McCaffery gets a lot out of guys that aren't exactly rated high coming out of high school. He's a three star prospect rated by Scout. Aaron White was also a three star prospect from Ohio back in 2011 and his career was a decent one.
Dailey might be waiting a few years before seeing a lot of action, because Iowa seems to be loaded at the 2 and 3 spots. Iowa will have Peter Jok, Dom Uhl, Nicholas Baer, Isaiah Moss, and Brady Ellingson all looking for time at those positions. Iowa will graduate just one of the five after this upcoming season, so minutes could be hard to find in his first couple seasons.
I'd give Dailey two seasons before he sees significant minutes in a Hawkeye uniform, but when he does, I think he has a positive impact.