How Hawkeyes Match Up with Purdue from Recruiting Standpoint

March 29, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

IOWA CITY, Iowa – As I watched Purdue advance to the Elite Eight Thursday night, I wondered how it compared with Iowa from a pedigree standpoint. As something who follows recruiting, I thought it would be comparable.

I was right.

That should give some hope to Hawkeye fans. It sometimes takes longer for talent to develop. Teams put it together at different points and some of them never do.

It should be noted that this isn’t meant as an indictment of Iowa coach Fran McCaffery and his staff, who have led the program to four NCAA Tournaments in the last six years. I just find it an interesting exercise and comparison.

The Boilermakers, who also shared the regular-season Big Ten championship after graduating four starters from last year’s team, played 10 guys at least 12 minutes a game this season. The rotation tightened up some in bigger games.

Here’s a look at each player’s recruiting profile from Rivals, 247 and ESPN for their given years:

Carsen Edwards – Rivals 4-Star & No. 91 player overall regardless of position, 247 3-Star and No. 139, ESPN 4-Star and No. 88.

Ryan Cline – Rivals 3-Star & No. 141 player overall regardless of position, 247 3-Star and No. 169, ESPN 4-Star and No. 35 at his position.

Matt Haarms – Rivals 3-Star with no overall rating, 247 3-Star and No. 267, ESPN 4-Star and No. 32 at position.

Nojel Eastern – Rivals 4-Star & No. 77 player overall regardless of position, 247 4-Star and No. 59, ESPN 4-Star and No. 84.

Grady Eifort – Former walk-on who earned scholarship. No rating by the three services.

Trevion Williams – Rivals 4-Star & No. 128 player overall regardless of position, 247 3-Star and No. 169, ESPN 4-Star and No. 33 at position.

Evan Boudreaux – Rivals 3-Star & no overall rating, 247 3-Star and No. 315, ESPN 3-Star and No. 40 at position.

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Aaron Wheeler – Rivals 3-Star & no overall rating, 247 3-Star and No. 150, ESPN 3-Star and No. 48 at position.

Sasha Stefanovic – Rivals 3-Star & no overall rating, 247 3-Star and No. 303, not rated by ESPN.

Eric Hunter Jr. – Rivals 4-Star & No. 121 player overall regardless of position, 247 4-Star and No. 141, ESPN 4-Star and No. 25 at position.

Here’s a look at Iowa’s 2018-19 roster:

Tyler Cook – Rivals 4-Star & No. 74 player overall regardless of position, 247 3-Star and No. 75, ESPN 4-Star and No. 38.

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Jordan Bohannon – Rivals 3-Star & no overall rating, 247 3-Star and No. 291, ESPN 4-Star and No. 25 at position.

Luka Garza – Rivals 4-Star & No. 111 player overall regardless of position, 247 4-Star and No. 105, ESPN 4-Star and No. 100.

Joe Wieskamp – Rivals 4-Star & No. 43 player overall regardless of position, 247 3-Star and No. 55, ESPN 4-Star and No. 77.

Isaiah Moss – Rivals 3-Star & no overall rating, 247 3-Star and No. 279, ESPN 4-Star and No. 27 at position.

Nicholas Baer – Former walk-on who earned scholarship. No rating by the three services.

Ryan Kriener – Rivals 3-Star & no overall rating, 247 3-Star and No. 324, no rating from ESPN.

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Connor McCaffery – Rivals 4-Star & no overall rating, 247 3-Star and No. 240, ESPN 4-Star and No. 92 overall.

Maishe Dailey – Rivals 3-Star & no overall rating, 247 3-Star and No. 307, no rating from ESPN.

Here are the guys who sat out this season:

Cordell Pemsl – Rivals 3-Star & no overall rating, 247 3-Star and No. 245, ESPN 3-Star and No. 41 at position.

Jack Nunge – Rivals 3-Star & no overall rating, 247 4-Star and No. 125, no rating from ESPN.

C.J. Fredrick – Rivals 3-Star & no overall rating, 247 3-Star and No. 223, no rating from ESPN.

And finally the 2019 recruiting class:

Patrick McCaffery – Rivals 4-Star & No. 68 player overall regardless of position, 247 3-Star and No. 98, ESPN 4-Star and No. 58.

Joe Toussaint – Rivals 3-Star & No. 38 point guard, 247 3-Star and No. 207, ESPN 4-Star and No. 20 point guard.

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