Jack Nunge gave Fran McCaffery and the Hawkeyes his signature a few months back, but his excitement hasn't wavered when it comes to Hawkeye hoops.
"It was awesome," he said of his visit this weekend. "I can't wait to get up there!"
Obviously, this wasn't Jack's first trip to Iowa City. So, there wasn't a lot of new information that was thrown his way.
"I got to see a game for the first time in a while," he said. "But it was good to meet up with Joe [Wieskamp], Connor [McCaffery], and Pat [McCaffery] and to see the whole coaching staff again," Nunge admitted.
When Nunge comes in, he'll likely be one of the longest guys on the team. He's about 6'10", but his ability to stretch the floor is something that could earn him some early playing time.
"Yes, I've talked to them [about playing as a freshman]. They want me to continue working and getting better, and if that all goes well then that could lead to playing time," he said about the possibility of seeing the floor as a true freshman.
The one thing that could put a damper on that is Iowa's bevy of youthful front-court talent. But Nunge had nothing but good things to say about his future teammates and their performance without one of the Big Ten's best players on Saturday night.
"They were all great," he said. "Everyone played super hard and I think it showed the potential the group has," Nunge said about the young Hawkeye team.
Right now, Nunge's Castle team is sitting at 15-2 on the season. That includes winning their conference tournament a few weeks back. Nunge himself is averaging 22.3 points, 11 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 2 steals, and 3.3 blocks per game. And he's shooting 40% from behind the three point line on top of all of that.
Talk about filling the stat sheet up.
Years back, Nunge and the McCaffery's were neighbors, but it was very brief. The McCaffery's were moving in as the Nunge's were moving out. Right now, Iowa City West is the number one ranked team in class 4A in Iowa. If Nunge would've stayed, he likely would've been on that team.
"I think we would be a team that's pretty tough to beat. It would be awesome," he admitted.
I think he's right.
Nunge, Luka Garza, and Connor McCaffery make up the 2017 class for the Hawkeyes. However, Nunge and Garza are the only ones that have signed their letters of intent at this point.
Nunge and his teammates take on Evansville Bosse this Thursday night. Castle beat Bosse by 10 back on January 12th in the conference tournament.