Iowa probably isn't making the trip to San Antonio for the Final Four this season. But Hawkeye recruit Patrick McCaffery will be there.
McCaffery was one of 24 Class of 2019 prospects invited to a USA Basketball program surrounding the Final Four, he confirmed to the Register on Monday night. As part of the program, McCaffery will watch the Final Four and compete against some of the world's top young talent.
USA Basketball coach Don Showalter called Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery (and Patrick's dad) to deliver the good news, Patrick said.
ZagsBlog originally reported that USA Basketball, the NCAA and NCAA Academies were partnering to create the "Next Generation Sunday Program," designed to provide the country's best rising talent with a behind-the-scenes look at the Final Four, as well as an opportunity to compete with and against top-tier competition. According to the ZagsBlog story, McCaffery will join lots of five-star prospects, such as Cole Anthony, Bryan Antoine and Iowa target Matthew Hurt, in San Antonio.
USA Basketball and the NCAA haven't officially announced the program yet.
McCaffery confirmed that the 24 invitees will be split into two teams, which will each play two games against NBA Africa Academy and NBA Global Academy on March 31 at the Alamodome. ZagsBlog reported those games will be open to parents and media.
Those games will not, however, be open to college coaches. The live evaluation period doesn't begin until April 20.
Matthew Bain covers college football and basketball recruiting for the Des Moines Register. He also helps out with Iowa and Iowa State football and basketball coverage for HawkCentral and Cyclone Insider. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.