This departure would surprise me considering the redshirt freshman is playing for his father Fran and has the opportunity to play with his brother Patrick next year when the top-100 recruit joins the Iowa basketball team.
That being said, out of everyone on the team, this possible departure honestly just makes so much sense.
Connor McCaffery played quite a few valuable minutes for the Iowa basketball team totaling 632 minutes in 34 games while finishing second on the team in assists with 3 and averaging 4.4 points. Overall, he was quite effective and did a great job of keeping a fast-paced Iowa basketball offense moving. His scoring ability though never really shined, and later in the season, teams were daring him to the shoot the ball essentially making him a non-threat offensively.
With Jordan Bohannon a senior next year, McCaffery is clearly in line to assume the starting point guard role by the time he is a junior but will he be able to wait that long and will he be able to hold off Joe Toussaint who may be exactly what the dynamic Hawkeye’s offense needs at the point position?
Strengthening the argument that McCaffery could leave is the fact that he likely has a better shot of playing professional baseball than he does playing professional basketball. Despite playing part-time and attempting to juggle two division 1 sports, McCaffery is absolutely tearing it up on the diamond. Just this past weekend in a pivotal series against a ranked Illinois baseball team, McCaffery started all three games in the outfield and went 3 for 10 from the plate with 2 walks. That’s not an easy feat.
It most certainly won’t be an easy decision for the point guard, but it could be the right one, and it would free up some time in the rotation for a few players to step in.