Why Connor McCaffery redshirting is best for Iowa’s backcourt, Tyrone Tracy Jr.’s commitment video and more
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So let’s get to it. Here is the Iowa Breakfast Club for Monday, May 1.
Connor McCaffery redshirting is best for Iowa
No mistake about it, Connor McCaffery did the best thing for him. Redshirting next season for the Iowa men’s basketball team to focus on Iowa baseball is the right move if he wants to play both sports.
It’s also the best move for the Hawkeyes’ back court. Let’s explain.
McCaffery is a 4-star 247Sports prospect on the hardwood, ranked No. 109 nationally in the 2017 class. He is the Hawkeyes’ point guard of the future.
Jordan Bohannon was a 2016 3-star 247Sports prospect. He, too, was the point guard of the future, but Bohannon transformed into the point guard of today, tomorrow and the next few years during his freshman season in 2016-17. Bohannon averaged 10.9 points and 5.1 assists and shot 41.6 percent from 3-point range.
If the two played together starting next seasons their careers would greatly overlap.
McCaffery redshirting allows for a longer window at the position, creating more stability for Iowa at the point. Instead of four years of starting point guard play between the two it can become five.
“That was one of the main reasons I looked at prep school in the first place,” McCaffery said. “It was just thinking about the younger guards now and is there any way we can separate things or work it out that we are able to play together and maximize each of our times here.”
Bohannon and McCaffery are similar players. Both are more combo guards than pure point guards; each can shoot, and they both are comfortable playing off the ball. The two should fit together nicely in the Iowa back court.
Point guard is the most important position in college basketball. Iowa is in fine hands with Bohannon and McCaffery. Spacing their careers out only ensures it stays that way longer.
The Tyrone Tracy Jr. commitment video
Indianapolis Decatur Central RB Tyrone Tracy Jr. committed to Iowa football on Saturday night. His commitment video, posted on YouTube, is worth your time.
One thing stood out to the Breakfast Club in the video. At the 29-second mark, he does a standing backflip. The 6-foot, 185-pound Tracy Jr. is an athlete, and the backflip is further proof of it.
Those who follow recruiting intently already knew it. Tracy posted the 13th-best SPARQ score (113.76) at The Opening regional in Chicago in April.
For those who don’t follow recruiting, his commitment video gave an idea of the type of athlete Iowa added to its offense.
Bring out the brooms
Penn State and its 2-10 Big Ten record landed on Iowa’s schedule at the ideal time for the Hawkeyes. After dropping two of three at home to Rutgers the previous weekend, Iowa needed to get back on track, and a sweep of the Nittany Lions did just that.
Iowa won the opener 4-2 on Friday — the first game of a doubleheader. Nick Gallagher improved to 6-1 with eight innings of 3-hit ball, giving up 2 runs (1 earned) while striking out 10. Tyler Cropley, Ben Norman and Austin Guzzo each recorded 2 hits in the victory. The Hawkeyes won the nightcap 8-2, with Mitchell Boe leading the offense with 2 hits and 3 RBI. Grant Judkins added a pinch-hit home run.
In the finale Saturday, Jake Adams, Matt Hoeg and Cropley had 2 hits and 2 RBI each, with Adams and Cropley hitting home runs in the 9-1 Hawkeyes victory. Cropley hit .500 with a home run, 4 runs and 2 RBI in the three games.
Iowa is now 27-15 and tied for third in league play with a 9-6 mark.
Iowa lost two of three to Ohio State in Columbus, avoiding a sweep with a 4-2 win Sunday, thanks to a three-run rally in the sixth. McKenzie Schneider tied the game with a home run, then a run-scoring double by Lea Thompson proved to be the winner. Mallory Kilian opened the scoring with an RBI single. Allison Doocy picked up her ninth victory in the circle, giving up 2 runs on 6 hits while striking out 7 and walking 2 in the complete-game effort.
Ohio State won 3-1 and 6-0 on Friday and Saturday, respectively. The Hawkeyes (17-29, 8-12) combined for 5 hits in those games.
Lots of links
- An inside look at TE George Kittle’s experience on draft weekend, from angst to elation when he was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers.
- Kittle isn’t the only former Hawkeyes player headed to San Francisco. The 49ers selected QB C.J. Beathard in the third round.
- The Minnesota Vikings selected DT Jaleel Johnson in the fourth round on Saturday.
- The Los Angeles Chargers selected DB Desmond King in Round 5 on Saturday.