Kentucky’s Michael Moreno and Patrick McCaffery of Iowa City could end up being college teammates. The Class of 2019 prospects both hold Iowa offers.
McCaffery, the son of head coach Fran McCaffery, hasn’t yet committed to the Hawkeyes but that’s likely just a formality. Moreno picked up an Iowa offer last month and visited the school for the first time on Friday.
Moreno and Patrick McCaffery decided to get a feel for how they’d work together. Their choice of 2-on-2 opponents was interesting.
They took on their younger brothers, Jack McCaffery and Malachi Moreno, both in the Class of ’25, in two games to five with each basket being worth a point. It wasn’t pretty.
“We beat them 5-0, 5-1 only because Patrick goal-tended Jack’s layups. Both Jack and my little brother are close to the same height, also,” Michael Moreno told HN with a smile.
In addition to picking on their little brothers, Michael Moreno and Patrick McCaffery got to know each other. It helped make Moreno’s stop in Iowa City a good one.
“It was a fantastic visit. I enjoyed every bit of it,” Moreno said. “I really liked the state of the art facilities and the great talks with the coaching staff. The meeting with the academic advisor was great.”
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Moreno received a better feel for Fran McCaffery and how he coaches.
“We talked about how I would fit in at Iowa and he gave me his thoughts on my game. He told me I would fit because of my versatility and my ability to guard a guy anywhere from 5-10 to 6-8 because of my length and body build,” Moreno said.
Moreno also spent time checking out the area getting a feel for it.
“Iowa City is a very nice town. It has that big-city-in-small-town feel as my mom would say,” he said.
Moreno (6-6, 195) also reports scholarship offers from Bradley, IUPUI, Division II Union College and Georgetown College of the NAIA, the alma mater of his father, Enelio Moreno.
The Louisville Courier-Journal named Moreno (6-6, 195) as the only underclassman on its all-state first-team unit this winter. He averaged 21.8 points and 10 rebounds a game for a Georgetown (KY) Scott County High squad that finished 31-6 and lost to eventual state champion Bowling Green in the Sweet 16 quarterfinals. He shot 58.5 percent from the field, 38.8 percent (33 of 85) from 3-point range and 68.7 percent from the foul line.
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Moreno’s prospect stock has been rising with interest coming from Louisville, Xavier, Vanderbilt, Butler, Creighton and others. He visited Creighton last week.
The Hawkeyes are in the picture early here and have made a good impression.
“I really like Iowa. It remains my only Power 5 offer as of right now, and I could see myself being a good fit there,” Moreno said.