Iowa coach Fran McCaffery discusses a 77-71 loss to Michigan that capped a 14-19 season. Chad Leistikow | Hawkcentral.com
IOWA CITY, Ia. – The Isaiah Moss that scored 19 points in 96 seconds against Minnesota this winter sure looked like a potential NBA player.
The problem for Iowa’s sophomore shooting guard was the four other games in which he scored only two points.
Still, Moss announced Tuesday that he will test the NBA Draft process this spring. He has not hired an agent, giving him until May 30 to decide whether to return to the Hawkeyes for his junior season.
Moss averaged 11.1 points per game to rank fourth on the Iowa team this winter. He was third in assists with 62 and tied for second in steals. He started all 33 games.
“My family and I have talked with coach (Fran) McCaffery and we have decided to enter my name into the NBA Draft without hiring an agent. It is a dream of mine to play professional basketball. I look forward to going through the process and I thank the coaching staff for helping me through it. I am excited for the feedback and opportunity to workout for NBA personnel so my family and I can make the best decision for my future. I appreciate the support from my teammates, coaching staff, and Hawkeye fans," Moss said in a university news release.
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Moss joins Iowa forward Tyler Cook in gauging their NBA interest this spring. Cook, who also just completed his sophomore season, likewise did not hire an agent, making it possible for him to return to Iowa City.
Iowa guard Brady Ellingson announced after a 14-19 season that he will earn his degree and then transfer for his fourth season of eligibility.
Hawkeyes forward Ahmad Wagner decided to give up basketball to concentrate on a possible college football career.
Neither player has announced their next destination.
“This is an opportunity for Isaiah to learn more about himself and his game during this process," McCaffery said in the release. "Going through this process will benefit him in the long term. We fully support Isaiah and we will be there to help him along the way."