Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery has his first verbal commitment in the Class of 2017, and it comes from a talented player who lives under the same roof.
6-foot-5 guard Connor McCaffery, Fran’s son, has decided that he wants to play for his father at the college level. The younger McCaffery’s decision was made public by the program he played for this spring/summer, the Iowa Barnstormers.
Connor played his freshman season at Iowa City West HS, running the point for a team that would win its fourth consecutive state title this past spring. In an article written by The Daily Iowan, the University of Iowa’s school newspaper, the elder McCaffery touched on a couple of the attributes that have made Connor one of the better players in the Class of 2017.
“There aren’t a lot of 6-foot-5, 195-pound freshmen, but I think the thing that sets him apart is his understanding of how to play,” Fran McCaffery said. “He sees the floor, he knows the strengths and weaknesses of his teammates, and knows what his coach wants. He figures out what the opposition is trying to do and is way ahead and has the ability to make [his teammates] more comfortable.”
All signs point to his son becoming a great player, so there’s a $1 million question for Hawkeye fans: “I’m fairly certain that’s where it’ll end up,” Fran McCaffery said. “He’ll play for me.”
Saturday evening Connor McCaffery’s decision, one that was expected, became public. With Connor still three years away from joining the program, the majority of the players on the current Iowa roster will be gone when that time comes. But given the father/son connection, it isn’t as if he won’t have a good grasp of the roster situation when that time comes.
When it comes to discussing some of the game of basketball’s best players, specifically those who went directly from high school to the NBA, a question that’s often asked is where said player would have attended college if forced (by rule) to do so. Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are among those who have been discussed in this manner, and in the case of LeBron he’s got connections to two programs within his home state of Ohio.
LeBron’s connected with the Ohio State program, which is outfitted by the Nike’s LeBron signature line, but there’s another program with an even closer connection. That would be Akron, which is led by head coach Keith Dambrot, and all he did was serve as LeBron’s high school coach at St. Vincent/St. Mary’s HS in Akron during the player’s freshman and sophomore years at the school. Also on those teams were two future Akron Zips in guard Dru Joyce and forward Romeo Travis.
Thursday the school announced that it would be honoring James, Joyce and Travis with bobble head dolls to be given out before Akron’s home games against Buffalo (February 16; Joyce’s bobble head), Bowling Green (February 26; Travis) and Ohio (March 1; James).
All three bobble head dolls are wearing Akron uniforms, which in the case of LeBron allows fans to think back and imagine what could have been. Season ticket holders guaranteed one bobble head per account (on each of the three giveaway days), with the first 750 fans in attendance to receive one as well.
The gang is back together again for another episode of the NBCSports.com College Basketball Talk Podcast, with Rob Dauster hosting and Raphielle Johnson and Scott Phillips joining him. Today’s episode touched on big wins picked up Thursday night by California and Indiana, discussing the performances of those teams and also touching on their prospects down the line.
Also discussed were the recent performances of Iowa State, Providence and Texas A&M (which are you more worried about?), and some of the top games on this weekend’s schedule headlined by Kansas visiting Oklahoma. And if you’re a fan of seafood, you may take umbrage with some of Rob’s comments at the beginning of the podcast.
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