Ask D&D: Iowa Mailbag July 22 - Football Recruiting, Hoops Recruiting

Derek and Dylan of Hawkeye Insider answer your weekly Iowa Mailbag questions. This week we tackle a lot of topics centered around football and basketball recruiting, specifically the wide receiver position and how many could be taken in the hoops' 2017 class.

FOR BASKETBALL RECRUITING, WHICH TWO PLAYERS DOES IOWA HAVE THE BEST CHANCE WITH?

DYLAN: Right now I think it's Malik Williams and Jack Nunge. It'll be interesting to see where things go with O'Connell. Garza I think is starting to look around elsewhere, so right now it's Williams and Nunge for me.

DEREK: The best chance would be for forward Jack Nunge out of Indiana. They're in the picture for Malik Williams but I still see it as unlikely. Garza has slipped away in my opinion. Right now they're kind of reshuffling the deck some and even targeting a few wings and guards. It's the evaluation period and the staff has been all over the country watching some of the AAU circuit. I think they'd like to get a post or two, but definitely at least one. The other spot could just go to best available. They're definitely recruiting as if they will have at least two spots open to combine with Connor McCaffery despite Dale Jones being awarded a sixth year of eligibility.

DO YOU SEE CHEVIN CALLOWAY AS A DIFFERENCE MAKER WHEN HE IS A FRESHMAN AT IOWA?

DYLAN: I think Chevin Calloway could play right away at Iowa. I don't know if he's an immediate difference maker, but the kid is outstanding already and has one more year to get better. Iowa will lose Desmond King and Greg Mabin, so the corner spots could be up for grabs to be honest.

DEREK: Difference makers at cornerback are hard to come by, especially in their freshman year so I will say no. But he certainly has the tools to leave as one. I just don't think it would happen that quick but he could see time on the field his first year much like Desmond King did.

DO YOU HAVE AN EXACT TIMELINE WHEN THE NEXT RECRUITS ARE COMING TO TOWN TO VISIT? IS THE DEAD PERIOD OVER AND IF NOT, WHEN?

DYLAN: I'm pretty sure Iowa is having some recruits in town next weekend, July 29-31. The dead period is concluding. With Media Days kind of getting up and going and then another recruit weekend in a week things are picking back up.

DEREK: There's another Hawkeye Tailgater the final weekend in July where some of the top targets will be in town such as Russ Yeast. However, wideout Mac Hippenhammer will be there this weekend. The Hawkeye Tailgater will be more directed toward the 2018 class and it's not out of the realm of possibility that the first 2018 recruit jumps on board in the last weekend of July, especially if some offers are extended to in-state prospects.

WOULD THE HAWKEYES BE WILLING TO TAKE THREE MORE WIDE RECEIVERS IF THEY CAN GET THEM ON BOARD?

DYLAN: Seeing as Iowa stopped recruiting Greenwood, I only see them taking two more. Now if Buckley changes his mind for whatever reason and Martin and Hippenhammer are on board already, Iowa would take three.

DEREK: Three more wide receivers would give them five for the class so I will say no. Two more at most. 

I JUST SAW THE VIDEO ON THE JUNIOR COLLEGE DEFENSIVE END FROM IOWA. HE LOOKS LIKE QUITE A BALL PLAYER. HE'S TOO SMALL FOR A DEFENSIVE END PROBABLY BUT WOULD BE AN EXCELLENT OUTSIDE LINEBACKER. REMINDED ME A BUNCH OF WISCONSIN'S JOE SCHOBERT LAST YEAR. YOUR THOUGHTS ON HIM AND OUR CHANCES OF LANDING HIM?

DYLAN: I think it's going to depend on how much room Iowa has. He is a little small, but he's a beast in my opinion. 

DEREK: I still think he's a defensive end. Parker Hesse plays defensive end at Iowa. Nate Meier did. They have no problem putting someone on the edge that may not have the bulk other teams desire. Plus he has the burst and explosion and quickness off the edge to do so. There should be enough space to fit him in but it's still in the early stages to know what will happen and things are always a bit more trickier with junior college prospects.

WHY THE HECK DID THE HAWKEYES STOP RECRUITING SHAMOND GREENWOOD? THE KID IS 6-FOOT-3 AND RUNS A 4.4 40 YARD DASH. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?

DYLAN: My guess would be the sides started to drift apart a bit and Iowa feels they have better chances with Martin and Hippenhammer. So instead of wasting time down in TX when they feel their chances are dwindling, they can devote more time into getting Oliver on board, which seems like it's going to be harder than what I first assumed.

DEREK: I think they ended their recruitment of him because they felt they had Camron Buckley, and they did. However, A&M offered and that was that. Maybe they should have continued to pursue Greenwood regardless but it was a strategy to let Buckley know he was 'the guy'. Sometimes it  doesn't work out. I think they also still want to be loyal to their midwest base and like the speed of Hippenhammer.

IS CAMRON BUCKLEY STILL IN PLAY AND DOES HE PLAN TO VISIT? I RECOGNIZED THAT HE IS ALREADY COMMITTED TO TEXAS A&M BUT WE KNOW HOW THAT GOES.

DYLAN: Given how quickly Buckley committed to A&M, I'd say there isn't a chance he flips or decommits. Recruiting is a weird thing so it's possible, but I don't see it happening.

DEREK: I don't think he's in the picture regardless of what you may hear. He may visit but I don't see it happening. It took him about 5 minutes to commit to Texas A&M after they offered showing how much that offer meant to him.

ARE YOU A HAWKEYES FAN YET, DEREK? WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE HAWKEYE PLAYER THAT YOU HAVE COVERED?

DYLAN: This question was directed at Derek, but my favorite player I've gotten to cover at Iowa was Mel Basabe. He was always a hoot to interview, and was always great for an outstanding quote. He and Marble are my favorites with Mel barely edging him.

DEREK: I am not a Hawkeyes fan and much to the chagrin of many of you likely, I never will be. That's not how I operate. I removed all biases once I got in this business so I could conduct myself in a professional manner and in a way that I believe in. I think one can do their work much better when there's no biases that exist. I can be honest either way, positive or negative and I've always felt that's the way it should be done. I actually grew up an Ohio State fan because I grew up less than an hour from Columbus. Even that fandom has subsided. There are programs that I share a great amount of respect for because of the people involved and Iowa is one of them.

It's only been about a year but I will answer the second question. The favorite football player that I have covered comes down to Tevaun Smith, Akrum Wadley, LeShun Daniels, and Desmond King. With Tevaun Smith and Akrum Wadley, you get a lot of authenticity despite the effort to keep them contained, especially Wadley. They stay respectful and professional but also aren't as robotic as others when speaking with us. LeShun Daniels is always happy and smiling and a joy to be around. His personality is contagious and he's always having fun. Desmond King has a good mix of a business approach but also a bit of authenticity as well. He loves to talk X's and O's and has an extreme focus on being the best and it comes through in how he presents himself. Out of the four, I would probably lean to Tevaun Smith and he will be missed on the beat. He would have fun with us, stay authentic, but was also mindful of being unselfish and respectful of his opponent. It was a perfect mix and he kept it entertaining. 

On the basketball side of things, they are a bit more open and blunt and honest with little worry at speaking to a fault so you get the real impression and diagnosis of what they're really feeling at a given time. There were still some that it was difficult to get to open up, however. My favorites were Adam Woodbury, Anthony Clemmons, and Ahmad Wagner. They were the most entertaining and enjoyable to speak with. The winner for me would be Adam Woodbury. He could have fun, laugh, and be open but on the flip side he conveyed emotion as well and his love for his teammates and the pain they all felt after a loss. He was the most transparent and you always knew he was going to keep it real while not throwing anyone under the bus or disrespecting his opponent. 


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