Isaiah Moss confirms that he'll remain a Hawkeye for junior season

Mark Emmert
Hawk Central

Isaiah Moss always intended to return to Iowa for his junior basketball season, even though he explored his NBA prospects this spring.

On Tuesday, he made it official.

"After discussing with my family and coach (Fran) McCaffery, I have decided to return to Iowa for my junior season," Moss said in a university news release. "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."

Iowa's Isaiah Moss celebrates a 3-pointer during the Hawkeyes' game against Indiana at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018.

Moss, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, was fourth on the Hawkeyes in scoring at 11.1 points per game as a redshirt sophomore. 

It was a bit of a surprise when he announced that he would test the NBA draft process without hiring an agent, which gave him until Wednesday to decide if he would continue his college career. Moss told the Des Moines Register last month that it was always his plan to remain a Hawkeye, but that he was looking for some constructive criticism from NBA personnel.

“It’s always been in the back of my head,” Moss said then, speaking of playing in the NBA. “I have confidence in my game but of course I have to work on a lot more stuff. Really, I just want to get a lot of feedback, see what they think of me, what I need to work on."

Iowa forward Tyler Cook, the team's leading scorer and rebounder as a sophomore last winter, has one more day to decide whether to return to Iowa City or pursue a professional career. He has not commented publicly on his future since announcing he would test the NBA draft process shortly after Iowa's season ended March 1 with a disappointing 14-19 record.

"This has been a positive experience for Isaiah," McCaffery said in the news release. "This process provided Isaiah with the necessary information and exposed him to the NBA level. I believe Isaiah's overall skillset 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."