Why camp season is just as important as spring football evaluation, Iowa out of the latest ESPN bracketology and more
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Terry Roberts commitment shows importance of camp season
Iowa picking up a commitment from Erie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep DB Terry Roberts on Monday highlighted a modern truth of recruiting:
The June camp period can be as important as the spring evaluation period for prospects.
Iowa visited Roberts in the spring but, despite liking what they saw on tape and in person, the Hawkeyes didn’t extend an offer after meeting with him.
They did, though, want to see more. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound corner made his way to Iowa City for a summer camp. His performance in the Hawkeye State was enough to earn the scholarship offer during the weekend. He pounced quickly, becoming the seventh member of the Iowa Class of 2018.
The spring evaluation period is a key time for recruits. It’s a chance to meet with coaching staffs and start earning scholarship offers. But camp season is just as vital. It’s an opportunity for players to prove not only their interest in a program, but their skill level to a staff, as well. And for under-the-radar-types, camps are the only way to an offer.
Roberts combined the spring and summer schedule to secure an offer and reminded us in the process the importance of June for recruits.
No invitation to the summer session of Bracketville
ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi recently updated his 2018 men’s basketball tournament bracket. It did include seven Big Ten teams. It did not include Iowa. The Hawkeyes weren’t even one of the eight teams he listed as the teams just missing out.
Rather than railing on one analyst’s opinion, use it as a reminder. There is plenty of discussion about Iowa being an NCAA Tournament team next season — and rightfully so.
But it’s all still potential at this point. This group of Hawkeyes are yet to make the Big Dance. Lunardi’s exclusion should be a reminder Iowa must still prove itself.
Maishe Daily tweets about alleged experience with police
Iowa basketball guard Maishe Dailey detailed a disturbing alleged encounter with Cleveland police on Twitter.
— Maishe Dailey (@_mdailey15) June 5, 2017
According to Dailey, he and seven friends were stopped and pushed to the ground by police, then searched for 40 minutes Monday night. Per his tweet, Dailey and his friends were told by law enforcement “we though you guys had a gun,” after the group asked multiple times why they were being searched.
Moving on up
Ohio State announced it was parting ways with men’s basketball coach Thad Matta on Monday. The surprising news made Iowa coach Fran McCaffery the fourth-longest tenured Big Ten coach.
Crazy to think of the #B1G coaching turnover the last decade. Longest tenured coaches (yrs):
— Matt Weitzel (@BigWeitz) June 5, 2017
Incoming Iowa freshman football player Trey Creamer tweeted Monday that he is going to walk onto the track team when he arrives on campus.
I will be walking on. On Iowa's Track program 🤘🏾🐥
— #️⃣Trey_Creamer1️⃣ (@Trey_CreamerxD) June 5, 2017
Creamer, a 247Sports 3-star composite cornerback prospect, ran the 200- and 400-meter dashes this season at Cartersville (Ga.) High. His season-best in the 200 was 23.54 seconds. His career-best in the 400 came in March —52.04 seconds.
He also competed in the long jump, leaping a season-best 21 feet, 7 inches in April.
Lots of links
- How a text message chain helped the incoming Iowa football freshman bond before becoming teammates.
- Pennsylvania DB Terry Roberts committed to the Hawkeyes.
- Hurdler Aaron Mallett is out to win Iowa’s first individual NCAA track title in 60 years.
- Iowa named Marcus Wilson new senior associate athletic director.