It's certainly not surprising that Connor McCaffery, the sophomore-to-be guard from four-time defending state champion Iowa City West, would commit to play for Iowa. His dad is the head coach, after all. But that it could come with as much fanfare as it has indicates this isn't just another coach's kid.
For one, McCaffery has some fairly serious accolades. Projecting high school freshmen is always a dangerous game, but scouts are almost universally high on him after one season of high school ball. ESPN ranks McCaffery as a five-star prospect and the No. 24 recruit in the Class of 2017. While 247 isn't as high on him -- three stars and just outside the national top 50 -- there is little doubt he is a Big Ten-caliber player.
For another, he already has the size and the game to earn an offer. McCaffery is already 6'5 and 195 pounds. Fran and others have praised his court vision and basketball IQ. There's room for growth, to be sure, but the fact that McCaffery is currently playing point guard means it's not absolutely necessary. He's a lefty, making him one of God's chosen people. And then, of course, there is how he won the point guard job: By beating out Northern Iowa commit Wyatt Lohaus.
"We had a three-year returning starter at point guard with Wyatt Lohaus," Bergmann said. "But it became pretty obvious that [Connor] could play point, too, and that we'd be a better team moving Wyatt over to the wing. That says quite a bit."
McCaffery scored 6.1 points per game as a freshman, while dishing out 4.5 assists for the state champion. And the pedigree isn't bad: Yes, there's Fran, but Margaret played major college basketball at Notre Dame, as well.
There is a long way to go until November 2016, when McCaffery can actually sign a letter of intent, and a number of things could happen to change his mind. But for now, it looks like Iowa got a special player in the easiest way possible. It's hard to argue with that.