NYC PG Joe Toussaint Discusses His Hawkeye Commitment

September 9, 2018

Written by Rob Howe

Joe Troussaint was looking for connection. He found it quickly at Iowa.

The New York City point guard arrived in town for this weekend’s official visit thinking he’d take more to other schools. He realized that wouldn’t be necessary.

He told HN during Saturday’s Iowa-Iowa State football game at Kinnick Stadium that he was committing to the Hawkeyes. He knew it was the right decision when he met head coach Fran McCaffery in person for the first time on this visit.

“I can’t really explain it. Once I got out here, he started treating me like I’m his son. What I was looking for was a good relationship with the coach and feeling like I’m at home,” Toussaint told HawkeyeNation.com.

The Bronx Cardinal Hayes standout also reported scholarship offers from Wichita State, UNLV and Dayton, among others. While he liked what other schools offered, he found what he wanted.

“The style of play at Iowa fits my game. They run and (McCaffery) lets his guards go. He reminds me of my high school coach, Joe Lods,” Toussaint said.

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He committed to the Hawkeyes knowing they will have two point guards on the roster when he arrives for the 2019-20 season. One of them, Connor McCaffery, Fran’s son, played host to him on his visit.

“I liked Connor. He’s a good guy. He always asked me if I was good and if I needed anything. I fit in very well with all of the guys,” Toussaint said.

Even with Connor McCaffery and Jordan Bohannon being in the roster, Toussaint brings other elements to the point guard spot. He offers quickness and on-ball defensive ability that will aid the Hawkeyes.

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“I’ll do whatever the coach says is the game plan on defense. It’s not a problem. I’ve always been tough so playing defense just gets my offensive game going,” he said.

Toussaint (5-10, 170) raised his stock playing with the PSA Cardinals on the Nike EYBL circuit this summer. He ran alongside five-star combo guard Cole Anthony and was able to stand out. The Hawkeyes offered him on July 31.

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Rivals and 247 both rank him as a three-star prospect. The latter sees him as the No. 19 point guard nationally in the ’19 recruiting class and the No. 5 player overall in New York.

Toussaint is the second verbal commitment in Iowa’s ’19 recruiting class, joining Iowa City West forward Patrick McCaffery, another of Fran’s sons. The early signing period runs from Nov. 14-21.

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