On the recruiting trail: McCaffery's staff working nonstop

Chris Cuellar
Iowa Hawkeyes head coach Fran McCaffery speaks to media during practice before the 2015 NCAA Tournament at KeyArena.

Iowa’s 2014-15 men’s basketball recruiting calendar ended the summer in same way it began: with coach Fran McCaffery and his staff scouring the country for future Hawkeyes.

July’s final evaluation period wrapped up Sunday night, closing a busy three weeks of travel and prospect pitching.

McCaffery started in Las Vegas and was very visible at the Adidas Uprising Summer Championships.

Besides catching top games with top recruits, the coach kept moving in search of Iowa’s top priorities: point guards and big men.

Scout’s Evan Daniels included him in a crowded pack watching Derek Culver, a four-star 2017 prospect from Warren, Ohio.

Iowa’s top choice at point guard continued to make a splash on the summer circuit. Mac Irvin Fire product Charlie Moore played in the Las Vegas Classic and The 8 tournament to the delight of scouts and fans.

Could those starry performances help or hurt the Hawkeyes’ chances? They’ll find out after the 5-foot-11 scorer visits in August.

The search moved closer to home over the weekend as Kansas City played host to the Hardwood Classic. A large in-state contingent included 2018 commit Joe Wieskamp and the Iowa Barnstormers.

More talent stayed in action through Sunday, including Minnesota powerhouse squad Howard Pulley, which includes West Des Moines Valley returning senior Carlo Marble.

Now that the travel and summer search is complete, the calendar can flip. It’s about time, if you ask Iowa assistant Sherman Dillard, like Register columnist Rick Brown did over the weekend.