Iowa Basketball Recruiting Hot Board 2.0

Taking a second look at the recruiting trail for the Hawkeyes in 2017 and beyond.

Guard

As it stands in 2017, Connor McCaffery is the only guard and the only player committed to the Hawkeyes.  He and his Iowa City West teammates were in Urbandale, IA this weekend and wound up beating West Des Moines Valley in the championship game.  McCaffery led the way with 36 points in the title game. 

https://twitter.com/TjRushing/status/739606325253046272

McCaffery has great ability to shoot the basketball and is very smooth with it in his hands.  I see him playing off the ball a bit more at Iowa given his ability to shoot.  Obviously, he's solid on the Hawkeyes.

http://www.scout.com/player/185716-connor-mccaffery?s=8

Another point guard that has been picking up steam lately is McKinley Wright.  Wright plays for Minnesota D1 and according to Scout's Brian Snow, he has become a priority recruit for many teams.  He's been in contact with Iowa a bunch lately, but the Hawkeyes have yet to offer the 6', 180 pound point guard.  Xavier, Iowa State, Dayton, and Minnesota are the schools to offer Wright at this point in time. 

This could very well be another guy Iowa offers in 2017.  He's a really talented kid.  He shows great ability to get the rock to open teammates, I like his shooting ability off the dribble, and he's really athletic.  He finishes well around the rim and doesn't get too far ahead of himself when he runs the fast break.

http://www.scout.com/player/198967-mckinley-wright?s=8

A guy to lookout for in the class of 2018 could be Cedar Falls point guard, A.J. Green.  His dad is an assistant at the University of Northern Iowa, so it might be hard to lure him to Iowa City, but he is one that I think has a lot of talent.  He's not very big, but he's really quick and absolutely shoots the lights out.  I imagine that Fran will offer A.J. but I think he's probably headed for UNI.

He holds just one offer from UNI, but does have interest from Iowa and Iowa State.  Expect his recruitment to pick up before it is all said and done.

http://www.scout.com/player/207945-a-j-green?s=8

Forward/Center

Malik Williams has been a hot topic as of late.  Most have been thinking that he's headed to a Big Ten school like Indiana, Michigan State, or Iowa, but he took a visit to Louisville this past weekend and there are some rumblings that his camp thinks the Big Ten might not be the way to go now, according to Brian Snow.

I think that Iowa is still in the mix right now, but things definitely got opened back up recently. Louisville, UCLA, and Xavier seem to be the schools that are getting into the mix. 

http://www.scout.com/player/194874-malik-williams?s=8

Jack Nunge is by far the hottest target right now for Iowa in the class of 2017.  The stretch four forward out of Newburgh, IN has Iowa as a big leader, according to Brian Snow.  Nunge shows true ability to shoot the basketball from deep and stretch the floor.  He's the definition of a stretch four, but will need to get a little bigger and more physical around the rim, which shouldn't be an issue given his frame.

He has another offer from the Evansville Aces and some interest from Notre Dame and Butler, but Iowa appears to be in the lead for Nunge's services at this point in time.

http://www.scout.com/college/iowa/player/207883-jack-nunge

The other 4/5 in this class that has been thrown around is D.C. native, Luka Garza, a 2017 prospect.  I believe Iowa is near the top of Garza's list as well, but schools like Louisville have thrown their hat in the mix and will without a doubt be a contender for the Hawkeyes.  Iowa will likely only be able to take two, maybe three guys in the 2017 class, so space is limited, especially with McCaffery already occupying one of those spots.

Garza also shows the ability to stretch the floor and is a little bigger and more physical than Nunge is around the basket.  Garza needs a little work on his footwork, but he's a guy that would fit well into Iowa's system.

http://www.scout.com/player/200855-luka-garza?s=8

If I had to venture a guess here, I'd say McCaffery, then it's looking like Nunge now, and maybe Garza if they can open up another spot.  It honestly is going to depend on who commits first between Garza and Nunge.  

I think Iowa still trails for Williams' services, but Iowa fans should still be excited about Nunge and Garza.  Sure, they don't have the length and talent that Williams does, but they will be good players in college.


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