Wednesday night, Jarrod Uthoff announced where he would play basketball for the next four years. It was the second time in 24 months that the Cedar Rapids native made such an announcement and the second time coach Fran McCaffery and the Hawkeyes hoped the former Iowa Mr. Basketball would choose to play for the program just 30 miles from home. McCaffery wouldn’t be disappointed twice as Uthoff selected Iowa the second time around.
A top 100 recruit in 2011, Uthoff is another talented player to add to the improving Hawkeye roster. After redshirting in 2011-12, his decision to transfer from Wisconsin surprised his coach and the drama surrounding Bo Ryan’s subsequent transfer restrictions created national headlines.
Uthoff now represents another coup for McCaffery. But it does raise questions on how he will fit in with the current roster, its impact on future Hawkeye recruiting, and what it ultimately means for the Hawkeyes.