Iowa Men's Basketball

Isaiah Moss makes it official: He's returning to Iowa basketball

Now, what about Tyler Cook?

Iowa Hawkeyes guard Isaiah Moss (4) takes a trey over Indiana Hoosiers guard Aljami Durham (1) during the first half of their Big Ten Conference men’s basketball game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa, on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Iowa Hawkeyes guard Isaiah Moss (4) takes a trey over Indiana Hoosiers guard Aljami Durham (1) during the first half of their Big Ten Conference men’s basketball game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa, on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

Isaiah Moss is returning for his junior season with the Iowa men’s basketball team.

“After discussing with my family and Coach (Fran) McCaffery, I have decided to return to Iowa for my junior season,” said Moss in a statement released by Iowa’s sports information department. “The feedback I received from NBA personnel was extremely beneficial in making this decision while also helping me grow as a basketball player. I am excited to continue my education and train with my teammates so we can have a great season.”

The 6-5 guard averaged 11.1 points per game last season. He was second on the Hawkeyes in steals, third in assists.

Moss had one of the most-incredible scoring sprees in Hawkeyes history on Feb. 21 at Minnesota when he scored 19 points in the game’s final 1:36.

“This has been a positive experience for Isaiah,” McCaffery said. “This process provided Isaiah with the necessary information and exposed him to the NBA level. I believe Isaiah’s overall skill set will continue to improve this year, which will make him a better basketball player. The coaching staff, along with his teammates, are excited to have him back.”

Now the question is if Iowa forward Tyler Cook will duplicate Moss’ decision or choose to remain in the NBA draft as an early-entry candidate. The NCAA’s deadline for early-entries who haven’t hired agents to return to their college teams is Wednesday.

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