While Iowa had most of its eggs in D.J. Carton’s basket, they weren’t all in there. It has been recruiting other point guards besides the five-star from Bettendorf.
Carton trimmed his list of prospective schools to three on Sunday night. Indiana, Michigan and Ohio State made the cut. The Hawkeyes, Marquette and Xavier did not.
He was the last of the group of ’19 point guard prospects with offers to pass on Iowa. Jeremiah Francis committed early to North Carolina, Tyrell Terry chose Stanford this summer and Rocket Watts hasn’t been connected to the Hawkeyes for awhile.
Andre Gordon and Noah Hutchins are two guys with whom Iowa has been connected. They’re expected to be scouted by the Hawkeyes this month in hopes of earning an offer.
Gordon (6-2, 180) hails from Sidney, Ohio, where he’s been a standout at quarterback and point guard. He announced in the spring that he would be giving up football and transferring to Huntington (WV) Prep for his senior season of hoops.
As a junior, he averaged 23.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.5 assists. This year, he joined up with the C2K Elite AAU program, which is directed by Quincey Simpson, the father of Michigan point guard Zavier Simpson.
Iowa recruited Zavier Simpson before ending up with Jordan Bohannon. It’s also been keeping tabs on Gordon.
“(The Hawkeyes) are coming to watch me this coming up weekend,” Gordon told HN. “I talked to an assistant.”
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Iowa State, Ohio, Cincinnati and Toledo had offered Gordon a scholarship for football. Iowa, Notre Dame and Ohio State were among others showing him interest in that sport.
Gordon reports basketball offers from Loyola Chicago, Tulsa, Dayton, Illinois State, Akron, Kent State and others. Besides Iowa, Clemson, Ohio State, Nebraska and Wisconsin will reportedly scout him this month.
Hutchins attends The Park School of Buffalo (NY) and runs with the City Rocks on the Nike EYBL AAU Circuit. That program sent the Hawkeyes Melsahn Basabe.
Hutchins (6-1, 187) reports scholarship offers from Temple, Wake Forest and others. The 247 network ranks him as a three-star prospect, the No. 38 point guard nationally in the ’19 class and the No. 11 player in New York.
As a junior, he averaged 13.0 points, 6.6 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 1.6 steals.
“I’ve been keeping in contact with (Iowa assistant) coach (Andrew) Francis pretty consistently lately,” Hutchins told HN. “He’s just been checking in with me seeing how everything’s going just having regular, friendly conversations. Once in a while, we’ll just be discussing how their team’s doing and how the summer is going for them.”
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Hutchins and City Rocks begins play in the Peach Jam on Wednesday in South Carolina. With other targets like Keion Brooks and Trayce Jackson-Davis in that loaded event, the Hawkeyes will have coaches there.
Gordon and C2K will be playing in the Under Armor Finals in Atlanta this week. That event starts Wednesday and runs through Sunday.
The Hawkeyes head into the ’18-19 season with two point guards on their roster. Bohannon, a two-year starter at the spot, will be a junior, while Connor McCaffery, the head coach Fran McCaffery’s oldest son, will be a redshirt freshman. True freshman C.J. Fredrick is a combo guard who could see minutes at the one.