Connor McCaffery: Hawkeye Baseball Star?

Discussion in 'Basketball' started by IowaLawWasRight, Apr 30, 2019.

  1. HawkGold

    HawkGold Well-Known Member

    ok fran
     
  2. UncleHawk

    UncleHawk Well-Known Member

    Connor has arguably already had success in both baseball and basketball. I’m arguing he’d have better success playing in one and I gave reasons why.
     
  3. HuckFinn

    HuckFinn Well-Known Member

    We have no disagreement on your point.
     
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  4. Tierney

    Tierney Well-Known Member

    He does look like a really talented guy, but I doubt he is that talented to play both sports at a really high level. I wonder how the other players will feel if Connor gets thirty minutes a game playing part time during the year while everyone else works mostly twelve months of the year.
     
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  5. HawkPrdatr40

    HawkPrdatr40 Well-Known Member

    Connor Is a D1 Baseball player and D2 Basketball Player!
     
  6. Adam

    Adam Well-Known Member

    Well he should fit in perfectly with the basketball team then.
     
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  7. UncleHawk

    UncleHawk Well-Known Member

    Connor’s handle for his size and strength plus his passing are certainly D1. Shooting consistency is another story.
     
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  8. HawkGold

    HawkGold Well-Known Member

    For a small forward..yes. pt guard..be serious.
     
  9. Adam

    Adam Well-Known Member

    I think most people agree that he is probably playing out of position. His body is a 2 or 3 guard, but his game isn't strong enough in those traditional areas. Shot needs work, drive needs work and finishing around the hoop needs work. If he improves those areas I could see him sliding to SG for 2020.
     
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  10. UncleHawk

    UncleHawk Well-Known Member

    As a PG for Iowa, Connor had a 2.37 A/T ratio this year averaging 18.6 mins/gm. As a ball control PG, that’s pretty good. Remember how he handled in traffic at the 2K Classic in NYC? No, he’s not a dynamic ball handler. That’s why we got JoeT and are looking for more at PG in 2020.
     
  11. HawkGold

    HawkGold Well-Known Member


    Im more inclined to review his later handling. Would enjoy watching Hawks play a similar pt guard. Its just not there. Pt guards need to do more than pass to J Bo
     
  12. HawkGold

    HawkGold Well-Known Member


    He would not play pt guard forvany Big not coached by his dad.
     
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  13. UncleHawk

    UncleHawk Well-Known Member

    Hard to say since he committed so early, but Connor was highly rated enough to be recruited by B1G teams. And given his combination of talents and weaknesses, where else can he effectively play but PG? If his shooting comes around, it’s a different story. But, his commitment to baseball may not give him time for that. Also, think baseball demands may have taken a toll on his late-season effectiveness. Although I’m sure that would be denied by the McCs.
     
  14. HawkGold

    HawkGold Well-Known Member

    Didnt Kevin Boyle run the point some in 80 w injuies? Reminds me of CM in that way. Maybe it was later
     
  15. Adam

    Adam Well-Known Member

    Maybe not though this season. Passing to Jbo, JW, JN and LG could be the only thing needed from our PG this year. It has potential to be a deadly shooting team.
     
  16. HawkGold

    HawkGold Well-Known Member

    Do you really believe that?
     
  17. Adam

    Adam Well-Known Member

    I really believe that the guys have the offensive skills to be a good offense. I'm automatically skeptical of the defense, and I would only ever reasonably assume a 7th or 8th place finish. I believe there is potential for more though. I just don't have alot of faith in Fran to get it done.
     
  18. JG10Hawk

    JG10Hawk Well-Known Member

    I think many are underestimating Connor's ability to shoot the ball. He had little confidence this season, I won't dispute that. He did however shoot 41% and 37.1% from 3 as a Sr and Jr in HS on 120+ attempts in each season. That's a much larger sample size than the 29 he attempted this past year only making 6.

    Obviously HS shooting doesn't always translate to the college game but to me his poor shooting on just a handful of attempts screams lack of confidence more than it says lack of ability when comparing it to how he shot the ball in HS. I'm not saying he's going to be a good deep ball shooter but I'll be surprised if he doesn't shoot better than 20.7% from deep next season.
     
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  19. UncleHawk

    UncleHawk Well-Known Member

    It’s difficult to deny JW and JB are elite shooters. Garza demanded to be guarded outside and he’ll be better. Suspect Nunge will be as good as Garza outside (may be argument here but I’ll stand by the statement). If Connor comes anywhere near HS numbers in limited attempts, yes, our starters are a better shooting team than last year- especially considering Cook was zero from outside. CJ, Patrick, and Kriener should contribute outside as well. If given the choice, Fran has consistently recruited length and shooting. We’re seeing that now. This is also why I’m thinking JoeT may be serviceable outside as well.
     
  20. tksirius

    tksirius Well-Known Prostitute

    Pat shot well this last year in HS as well. Unfortunately, that's not going to translate to B1G BB either.
     
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