Moss meets academic requirements, will join Hawkeyes

Rick Brown

Isaiah Moss, the most highly rated member of the Iowa basketball program’s six-member recruiting class, has met academic requirements and will join coach Fran McCaffery’s program this fall.

“He got done what he needed to and will be joining us when school starts in August,” McCaffery said Thursday.

First-semester classes at Iowa start Aug. 24. Moss, a 6-foot-6 wing from Simeon High School in Chicago, Ill., missed summer-school classes and didn’t compete in the Prime Time League because he had to stay home to complete some academic obligations.

Iowa’s other five incoming recruits — Andrew Fleming, Ahmad Wagner, Brandon Hutton, Christian Williams and junior-college transfer Dale Jones — all took part in both summer school and the PTL.

The newcomers will join four returning starters from a team that made a second straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The Hawkeyes tied for third in the Big Ten last season, winning their last six regular-season games to finish 12-6. Iowa also recorded its first NCAA victory since 2001 with an 83-52 victory over Davidson and finished 22-12 in McCaffery’s fifth season.

Moss is expected to contend for playing time in 2015-16, and he has the versatility to do that at multiple positions. McCaffery calls Moss “an explosive scorer” who could play second guard or small forward.