Scary Run-In with Police Part of Maishe Dailey’s Year of Growth

June 19, 2017

Written by Rob Howe

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NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa – It was a year of learning for Maishe Dailey on and off the court. Most of it was fun but a summer incident with the Cleveland Police was one part the Iowa sophomore guard could have done without.

Dailey Tweeted about the run-in involving he and his friends. He wrote that they were slammed to the ground and searched by the officers.

Dailey spoke publicly about it for the first time after Sunday’s Prime Time League action here.

“I don’t want to talk too much about it but it was a scary situation. When I posted it on Twitter I just wanted to share with the world that it’s real and it happens. It was really scary for me,” he said.

Dailey said he and his friends have filed a formal complaint.

“We’re just going to let the system take care of it now,” he said.

Wyashica Tabb, Dailey’s mother, encouraged him to speak out about his experience.

“(She) said that with my platform I have now on the Division I stage I can talk for some of the kids that can’t talk and be heard,” Dailey said.

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Iowa coach Fran McCaffery called Dailey about 20 minutes after he Tweeted about what happened. They talked for about 10 minutes about how he should handle things and what to expect from going public with his story, including answering questions here on Sunday. Dailey said McCaffery supported him.

Dailey received plenty of feedback from others as well.

“It was mostly positive. Some people said that I shouldn’t have Tweeted it but I knew that was coming,” he said.

While it was an episode he could have done without, Dailey added it to a year of growth, some of it literal. He sprouted up another inch, rising to 6-7.

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Dailey chose to play last season instead of red shirting. The freshman saw action in just 12 games, averaging 2.3 points and 1.6 rebounds.

“I don’t regret not red shirting. I like my decision just because it kept me on my toes. I’m comfortable with my decision,” he said.

Dailey said McCaffery asked him to increase his physical strength and aggressiveness during their post-season meeting. The Beachwood (OH) High graduate was pleased with his mental progress during his first year on campus.

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“Before I came here a lot of people were telling me their scenarios of how they went from a star in high school to the last person on the bench. I didn’t really take that to heart until it happened to me. After that little slump I had mentally, I got over myself and got back in the gym and got my confidence back up,” he said.

Dailey showed a mature game Sunday in the PTL. He scored 23 points on just 12 shots.

As a freshman in high school, Dailey had yet to reach 6-feet. He’s figured out how to use his added size but there’s more work to be done.

“I’m still learning to use my height and be able to work inside and outside on the offensive end,” he said. “I see myself as a two guard. With the offense we run up here at Iowa, I think the two and three are interchangeable.”

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