McCaffery, Iowa showing lots of attention to guards Moore, Simpson

Chris Cuellar

Want to find a Hawkeye basketball prospect during the busy first evaluation period of July?

Follow around Fran McCaffery.

Iowa's head coach led the recruiting charge over the weekend and was spotted in Atlanta watching top targets.

The NCAA opened the period at 5 p.m. last Wednesday and McCaffery was checking out point guard Charlie Moore by 8 a.m. on Thursday.

The score-first four-star from Chicago one of the hundreds of potential recruits at Peach Jam and was followed closely by Iowa and interested rival Illinois.

McCaffery was among a growing contingent of coaches watching King James product Xavier Simpson awhile later.

A 5-foot-11, four-star 2016 playmaker like Moore, Simpson made a game-winning shot and was one of Peach Jam's assist leaders.

Another standout in Atlanta and hot Hawkeye target was power forward Tyler Cook.

The physical and coveted four-star helped the St. Louis Eagles finish as Peach Jam runner-ups in a televised game on ESPNU, providing a high-profile option alongside Jayson Tatum. Tatum is ESPN's second-ranked recruit in 2016 and committed to Duke on Sunday.

Iowa also used the week to extend offers to 2017 prospects B.J. Duling and Theo John.

Duling is a 6-5 wing from New Albany, Ohio, and made an impact at Atlanta tournament Best of the South, while John is a 6-9 three-star forward who started his week in Charlotte, N.C. for Under Armour All-America Camp and finished at Chicago's Summer Jam.

July's second evaluation period opens at 5 p.m. on Wednesday.