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IOWA CITY, Ia. — The Iowa men’s basketball program signed its two 2019 recruits Wednesday as part of the early signing period. The Hawkeyes inked 6-foot-8 small forward Patrick McCaffery and 6-foot point guard Joe Toussaint.

Here are comments from Iowa coach Fran McCaffery on both.

Patrick McCaffery 

Fran McCaffery: "I'm really excited to have Patrick join our team. I think he's a great fit. He has grown up being in the locker room, at practice and games, and traveling with the team. To finally be able to put the Hawkeye jersey on is exciting for our entire family. His game continues to mature. Patrick had a terrific summer. He has had some great opportunities with USA Basketball, his AAU program, and West High School.

"One of his strengths is his versatility. He's doing so much more off the dribble, and his 3-point shot is getting better. I think his complete skill set is going to be beneficial to our team."

Patrick McCaffery: “It has been a dream of mine to be a Hawkeye and play for my dad, and now I am one step closer to that. I have a good relationship with all the current players already, and I can’t wait to get on campus and work with all of them.”

Joe Toussaint

Fran McCaffery: "I love Joe's game. He's a competitor. Joe can score, he's quick, defends, and loves moving the ball. His speed is at another level. He's special. Joe can really push the tempo and is incredibly unselfish, but he can also score. He'll impact the game in a variety of ways, not the least of which is his ability to pressure the ball.

"Joe has a great temperament; he's a terrific young man and has a great family. We are thrilled to have somebody of his ability, but more importantly his character, join the program."  

Toussaint: “I can’t wait to step on the court and have an impact on this Iowa program. I am really excited and looking forward to it, but right now I’m focused on working hard and improving every day.”

Dargan Southard covers Iowa and UNI athletics, recruiting and preps for the Des Moines Register, HawkCentral.com and the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Email him at msouthard@gannett.com or follow him on Twitter at @Dargan_Southard.

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