The Hawkeyes’ hopes of landing five-star, in-state point guard D.J. Carton ended Sunday night when he named his Top 3 via social media. Indiana, Michigan and Ohio State made the cut.
Final 3‼️ pic.twitter.com/VwrRhkKgl1
— DJ Carton (@DJCarton) July 8, 2018
Carton spoke highly of Iowa when HN caught up with him a few weeks ago. Since that interview, he officially visited Michigan and Indiana.
Along with the Hawkeyes, Carton also eliminated Xavier and Marquette from consideration. He had named a Top 6 in early May.
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While it stings to lose out on Carton, it’s good for Iowa that he found out before the July evaluation period tips off this coming week. Coach Fran McCaffery and his staff can scout other point guards and decide if they can find a fit.
There’s a decent chance McCaffery passes on reaching for a point guard in ’19 and goes hard after one in the following class. The Hawkeyes have junior Jordan Bohannon and redshirt freshman Connor McCaffery, Fran’s oldest son, at the position this coming season. Incoming freshman C.J. Fredrick also can play the lead guard spot.
Iowa will continue its aggressive approach to five-star Indiana wing Keion Brooks, who visited recently, and four-star Minnesota power forward Zeke Nnaji, who plays AAU with Patrick McCaffery, another of Fran’s sons.
The Hawkeye probably will scout Buffalo (NY) point guard Noah Hutchins during July. He’s a smaller (5-10, 165), quicker player with reported offers from Wake Forest and Temple, among others.
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Carton ended up choosing programs he felt were better positioned to win than Iowa, which is coming off a 4-14 conference season. Michigan reached the national championship game last year and Ohio State challenged for the Big Ten regular-season title. Indiana has enjoyed a rich history and has improved recruiting under second-year coach Archie Miller.
In the ’20 class, Iowa has made a strong impression on five-star point guard Jalen Suggs from Minneapolis. He’s visited campus on multiple occasions.