Fran McCaffery Delivers State of the Hawkeye Program Address

June 11, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

IOWA CITY, Iowa – With the sweet sounds of Iowa campers bouncing basketballs in the background, Hawkeye coach Fran McCaffery met with the media Tuesday afternoon here at the UI Field House.

Some highlights…

-The plan is for incoming freshman forward Patrick McCaffery, his son, to play this season. Fran said his middle boy can help the team this year and is improving this strength working hard in the weight room this summer. A redshirt remains on the table, but it’s looking less likely.

-Jordan Bohannon’s recovery from hip surgery is going well. His return for this season remains up in the air and won’t be known until much farther down the rehab road.

“His focus needs to be on getting better. He can’t be worrying about coming back or when he’s coming back,” McCaffery said.

Continue reading below

Related In HawkeyeNation Forums

-McCaffery was not yet able to talk about the newest addition to the program, Valparaiso graduate transfer guard Bakari Evelyn. They’re waiting for the paper work to go through. Without naming Evelyn specifically, he saw him being usable at both guard spots.

-Asked about the point guard position without Bohannon, McCaffery said the responsibility falls to his oldest son, Connor McCaffery, and incoming freshman Joe Toussaint. He believes redshirt freshman C.J. Fredrick also could handle lead guard duties and added that sophomore Joe Weiskamp could play the two.

Continue reading below

-McCaffery professed his feelings for graduate transfer guard Isaiah Moss, who is headed to Kansas after four years with the Hawkeyes. Fran said he loves Moss, appreciates what he gave to the Iowa program and is rooting for him at Kansas. McCaffery and Kansas coach Bill Self are friends.

-McCaffery looked at multiple candidates as replacement for former assistant Andrew Francis, who left this offseason for Cal. McCaffery wasn’t sure former aid Billy Taylor would leave his head coaching position at Division II Belmont Abbey for a spot back on the Iowa bench. When he took the Hawkeyes up on their offer, McCaffery felt he received the best man for the job.

Continue reading below

You can watch McCaffery speak on the above topics and more in this video from Tuesday’s press conference:

Trending in Forums View All >

HawkeyeNation Archives View All >

Keylen Gulley Happy to Be a Hawkeye

Rob Howe

June 18, 2019

Tampa-area defensive back commits to Iowa.

Ironmen Movie Hosting Special Casting Event

Rob Howe

June 17, 2019

IOWA CITY, Iowa – If you consider yourself a big Hawkeye fan, boy is there on upcoming opportunity for you. You can help tell the story of Iowa’s Heisman Trophy winner Nile Kinnick and the 1939 team. That squad is affectionately referred to as The Ironmen, which is also the name of a movie in… Read more »

Hawkeyes Pick Up Commitment from Quavon Matthews

Rob Howe

June 16, 2019

Florida receiver chooses Iowa.

Yahya Black Commits to Hawkeyes During Camp Stop

Rob Howe

June 15, 2019

Minnesota defensive end chooses Iowa.

Hawkeye History Podcast: James Vandenberg

Rob Howe

June 14, 2019

Former Iowa quarterback reflects on his time under center and where life has taken him.

Four-Star Connor McLaughlin Recaps Hawkeye Official, Talks Favorites

Rob Howe

June 13, 2019

Florida offensive lineman places Iowa among top contenders for services.

Schwartz: No Place Like Home

David Schwartz

June 13, 2019

Oliver Martin returns.

Iowa Picks Up Pledge from Mason Richman

Rob Howe

June 12, 2019

Kansas offensive lineman in the fold after official visit.