IOWA CITY — Connor McCaffery now is a scholarship basketball player at the University of Iowa.
Head coach Fran McCaffery announced Wednesday his son and former Iowa City West standout has been awarded a scholarship, beginning with the 2018-19 academic year. McCaffery has four years of eligibility remaining after his hardship waiver petition was approved by the Big Ten Conference last month.
“Connor went through a lot his freshman season, but remained positive despite suffering physical and health setbacks,” Fran McCaffery said in a news release. “Although he did not play in many games last season, he was an important part of this team on and off the court and will continue to be the next four years. The coaching staff and I agreed that Connor has earned this scholarship and we look forward to his contributions the next four years.”
The 6-foot-5, 200-pound McCaffery was hampered by an injury and multiple health setbacks throughout his freshman season, playing limited minutes in only four games.
McCaffery led West as team captain to a 23-3 season and a Class 4A basketball state title as a senior, leading the team in scoring (19.6 ppg) and rebounding (4.8 rpg).
PANTHERS SIGN 3
CEDAR FALLS — Northern Iowa men’s basketball coach Ben Jacobson announced the signing of three players for the 2018 recruiting class on Wednesday.
After signing consensus top-100 recruit guard A.J. Green of Cedar Falls in the fall, the Panthers have added transfer guard Trae Berhow (Mayer, Minn.), junior college guard Tray Croft (Anniston, Ala.) and junior college forward Shandon “Biggie” Goldman (Evansville, Ark.) to the roster.
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Berhow will redshirt in 2018-19 per NCAA transfer regulations and will have three years of eligibility for the Panthers. The Pepperdine transfer averaged 10.0 points per game last season.
Croft earned NJCAA Division II first-team All-America honors after setting the Iowa Central Community College scoring record with 1,626 points in two seasons. He broke the single-season scoring mark at ICCC each year with 772 in 2016-17 and 854 in 2017-18.
Goldman will join the Panthers after playing this past season at Panola College (Texas). He averaged 9.3 points and 5.8 rebounds while shooting 40.6 percent from 3-point range. Goldman played in 32 games with 25 starts and made 52 3-pointers in 2017-18. Goldman began his collegiate career at Arkansas-Little Rock.