Former Iowa basketball player Maishe Dailey has officially announced he will transfer to the Akron Zips for his final year of eligibility.
At the end of the season, junior reserve shooting guard Maishe Dailey announced his intention to transfer from the University of Iowa and the Iowa basketball program.
After an up and down season mired in controversy thanks to a hot-mic comment made by Iowa basketball announcer Gary Dolphin and a decrease in playing time, it came as no surprise when the former 3-star recruit from Beachwood, Ohio decided he would seek ample opportunities elsewhere for his remaining year of collegiate basketball.
With five players joining the program next year including two guards (CJ Fredrick and Joe Toussaint) and a forward who can play the 2 (Patrick McCaffery), Dailey figured to have a tough time even maintaining the limited amount of minutes he received this year.
Today though, he made a decision on his future basketball career, and he will be playing basketball at the University of Akron. Before playing meaningful minutes, though, Dailey will need to sit a year out before he can play his final season.
The Akron Zips make a lot of sense for the 6’6” guard. First, his home of Beachwood is just a short drive to Akron, and second, the Zips are going to be losing a lot of people after next season.
This year the Zips finished 17-16 with an 8-10 conference record, which is 4th best in the MAC East. Six of their eight top scorers are juniors meaning next year will be their final season playing for the Zips.
After Dailey sits on the sideline for the year, he will be jumping into an opportunity he never experienced with the Iowa basketball team: ample playing time and a starting role.
Despite playing in 80 career games with the Hawkeyes, he never started a single game. With an increase in minutes, he will likely see a drastic improvement on his career collegiate averages of 3.5 points per game, 1.7 rebounds, and 1.1 assists.
As can be expected considering how loved Dailey was by his teammates, Iowa basketball players were quick to congratulate Maishe on the move.
From all of us at Dear Old Gold, we will Maishe Dailey the best of luck in his next stop with the Akron Zips, and we will miss your presence with the University of Iowa basketball team.