Coach Fran McCaffery and the Iowa coaching staff appear to have decided who they wish to bring in next year with their remaining two open scholarships.
Willie Atwood and Trey Dickerson, two JUCO stars received an offer from McCaffery to join the Hawkeyes next season in Iowa City.
The Hawkeyes will lose Melsahn Basabe, Roy Devyn Marble, and Zach McCabe. That leaves the forward spot pretty vacant. Iowa will have 6’8″ Dominique Uhl entering the program, but the chances he fills a void right away may be very slim.
Other than that, Iowa is left with Aaron White, Jarrod Uthoff, and maybe Peter Jok at the forward spots. Well, Atwood would fill that spot very nicely. He is 6’8″ and 215 pounds, currently he averages 21 points and 9 boards a game for Connors State. While Atwood as a lot of interest coming his way, Fran is confident he will be able to add at least one, if not both of these players.
Dickerson wouldn’t help at the forward spot, but he is a talented guard that would bring a lot to this Iowa team. At 6’1″ he would likely play the point guard spot, currently he is averaging 19 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds for Williston State Community College. Now, I know what you’re thinking; why bring in a point guard when you have two guys that will have two years of eligibility left after this season concludes. McCaffery had this to say on Dickerson.
“Any time you recruit somebody it’s because they bring a particular skill set other than what you have,’’ he said. “I think we’ve moved beyond the 1-2-3-4-5 numbering system. That’s obsolete.’’ – Fran McCaffery, qctimes.com
Dickerson has shown interest in playing at the same school as Atwood this upcoming season, as Hawkeye fans we can only hope that school is Iowa.
Both of these players have a lot of teams after them, so landing them will be no easy task. Along with the offer from Iowa, Atwood has offers from, Florida State, Wichita State, TCU, Arizona State, Auburn, Murray State, Western Kentucky, and Marshall.
Dickerson has offers from; Fordham, Nebraska, Western Kentucky, and Florida International, but has had recent interest from a lot of other bigger schools.
Where these guys will end up remains a mystery, but don’t be surprised if you see them playing together next season somewhere in the country.