In an offseason where we expected to see a departure or two from the basketball program, the first domino has fallen, as the team’s official Twitter account has released a statement that Maishe Dailey is transferring.
Maishe Dailey will transfer from the Iowa basketball program.— Iowa Basketball (@IowaHoops) March 28, 2019
“Maishe has been a great teammate and a valuable member of our program. We thank him for his contributions to our program and we wish him the best.” - Fran McCaffery #Hawkeyes pic.twitter.com/H7YqqrZFiL
Dailey, a junior guard from Beachwood, OH, was likely to see his minutes diminish again next season due to the increasingly crowded backcourt. Along with the returns of guards Jordan Bohannon, Connor McCaffery, Isaiah Moss, and Joe Wieskamp, Iowa is also bringing back CJ Fredrick after a redshirt campaign and adding New York product Joe Toussaint.
After seeing pretty consistent usage in 2017-18 due to a lack of options at point guard, Dailey’s usage dipped by four minutes per game as a junior as he averaged just 2.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg, and 1 apg. While he was well-maligned for his performance on the offensive side of the ball, Dailey was arguably Iowa’s best defensive player in 2018-19, often taking on the task of guarding the opposing team’s best guard or small forward. It’ll be interesting to see who, if anyone, takes on his role for next year’s team, as it doesn’t seem as though anyone on the roster is primed for a major jump defensively.
With Dailey out of the picture, Iowa will now be able to look at players on the transfer market this summer. They’ve already been linked to a graduate transfer from Akron this week, but there’s no knowing what they might decide to chase after with a fairly balanced roster heading into next season.
All the best to Maishe Dailey as he continues his basketball career elsewhere! Once a Hawk, always a Hawk.