Fran McCaffery reacts to an 83-77 overtime loss to Tennessee in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Chad Leistikow, Hawk Central
Iowa’s recruiting pitch to land a tantalizing Notre Dame basketball transfer has fallen short.
D.J. Harvey, a 6-foot-6 wing and former top-50 national recruit, announced Tuesday that he’ll sign with Vanderbilt.
Harvey made an official visit to Iowa last week, but the Hawkeyes ended up with a meaningless silver medal in his recruitment. He’ll instead join a Vanderbilt program that went 21-43 over the past two seasons but is hoping to be revitalized under new coach Jerry Stackhouse.
Harvey, who has dealt with injury issues, averaged 10.7 points and shot 39 percent from the floor for the Fighting Irish last season. Under transfer rules, Harvey would have to sit out next season and would have two years of eligibility, beginning in 2020-21.
He would’ve been a welcomed addition in Iowa City as Fran McCaffery looks to restock his roster for the future. Iowa is down to 10 scholarship players for next season after Isaiah Moss announced his intent to transfer last week, and it’s down to an expected eight for the 2020-21 season (with Jordan Bohannon and Ryan Kreiner graduating after this coming season).
The Hawkeyes received a separate double whammy of bad transfer news Tuesday. Siblings Sam and Joey Hauser told Stadium’s Jeff Goodman that they’ll choose between Wisconsin, Virginia and Michigan State. The potent pair of Marquette forwards initially had Iowa in the picture.
The 0-for-transfers Tuesday only ramps up the urgency with which Iowa needs to fill the recruiting class of 2020 with quality talent. The Hawkeyes also have yet to announce a new assistant coach to replace Andrew Francis, who left the program for California last month.
Iowa's scholarship players for 2019-20 season
Jordan Bohannon, 6-1 guard
Ryan Kriener, 6-9 forward
Luka Garza, 6-11 center
Cordell Pemsl, 6-8 forward*
Connor McCaffery, 6-5 guard
Jack Nunge, 6-11 forward
Joe Wieskamp, 6-6 guard
CJ Fredrick, 6-3 guard
Patrick McCaffery, 6-8 forward
Joe Touissant, 6-0 guard
*—Pemsl (knee surgery) has applied for a medical-hardship waiver for the 2018-19 season; if successful (and it should be), he would be a redshirt junior in 2019-20.