Connor McCaffery won’t be taking the court for the Hawkeyes next season, after all. He will, however, be on the baseball diamond.
The Iowa basketball recruit and son of head coach Fran McCaffery announced Friday that he would also be playing baseball at Iowa. McCaffery said he would be joining the baseball team full time as a freshman and redshirting for basketball in the 2017-18 season.
He added he would not be on scholarship for either sport to start his career.
“Coach (Rick) Heller and my Dad have a great plan in place and I’m excited to get started. I thought this was the best opportunity for me in both sports considering I still love both and I wanted to continue playing both at a higher level,” McCaffery wrote on Twitter.
This is the plan for next year‼️?⚾️? GO HAWKS ??? I'm excited to get started. Let's go to work ?? pic.twitter.com/wzhpDGgYQs
— Connor McCaffery (@connor_m30) April 28, 2017
A 6-foot-4 small forward, McCaffery was rated as a 4-star basketball recruit and the No. 109 player in the 2017 class by 247Sports. Also a talented baseball player, McCaffery plays outfield/1st base for his high school in Iowa City.
For the basketball team, with McCaffery not going on scholarship, it would open up another spot on the Hawkeyes roster next season. Iowa could be in the market for a grad transfer with this news.
The Hawkeyes have two other players in their 2017 recruiting class: Center Luke Garza and forward Jack Nunge, both of whom are rated as 3-star prospects.