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.

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-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.

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-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.

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

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