Head coach’s son becomes Iowa’s first 2017 commitment

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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.

VIDEO: Marshawn Wilson dunks over teammate

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Marshawn Wilson, a freshman guard, made a pretty good first impression to Northern Illinois fans, jumping over 6-foot-8 teammate, Jaylen Key, on Thursday night during the Hukies’ midnight madness.

Wilson is five inches shorter.

The Huskies are coming off a 14-18 (8-10 MAC) season. Northern Illinois begins the 2015-16 campaign against Cal State Northridge on Nov. 13, the first of three games in as many days.

VIDEO Ron Hunter dances at Georgia State’s midnight madness

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Georgia State’s Ron Hunter appears to have recovered from the Achilles tendon tear he suffered last March while celebrating the Panthers winning the Sun Belt Conference Tournament title.

On Thursday night, at the third annual GSU Jam, Hunter broke out the dance moves to the song “Hit The Quan” by iHeart Memphis.

Georgia State went on to defeat No. 3 seed Baylor in the Round of 64, thanks to a game-winning three from Hunter’s son, R.J. That shot made for one of the best moments of March Madness, as Ron Hunter fell of his rolling chair in disbelief.

R.J. Hunter is nowa a rookie with the Boston Celtics. Ron Hunter enters his fifth season with the Panthers.