'They said I was different': Meet Joe Toussaint, Iowa's new 2019 PG target

Matthew Bain
Hawk Central

The wait is over. Iowa has offered a 2019 point guard.

Hawkeyes head coach Fran McCaffery and assistant coach Andrew Francis called New York three-star point guard Joe Toussaint on Tuesday to offer him a scholarship, he told the Register.

After missing on D.J. Carton, coaches were only going to offer another 2019 point guard if they believed he could really move the needle and make an impact.

"That’s exactly what Coach McCaffery said to me," Toussaint said. "He said they wouldn't offer me unless they knew I would be a great fit for them.

Iowa 2019 point guard target Joe Toussaint plays a game with PSA Cardinals at the Las Vegas Classic.


"They said I was different from everybody. Tough, a tough kid. I’m not scared of anybody. That’s what they were saying."

Toussaint is planning to take an unofficial visit to Iowa City in late August. No date has been set, he said.

McCaffery, Francis and assistant coach Sherman Dillard all watched Toussaint as he played with PSA Cardinals last week in Las Vegas. He said Wichita State, Dayton, St. Louis, UNLV and UNC Charlotte are also recruiting him hard. His high school coach at Cardinal Hayes, Joseph Lods, said St. Joseph’s is also very much in the picture.

Lods spoke on the phone with Toussaint right before talking with the Register.

"He said, 'Coach, it’s the Big Ten, man! The Big Ten!'" Lods said, laughing. "And I’m like, 'Yeah, I know. The Big Ten is a big deal. That’s what they call men’s basketball. That’s the deep end of the pool.' He said, 'I’ll be ready for it.'

"He’s very interested and he knows all about the Big Ten. He thinks it’s an awesome thing. He said Coach McCaffery called him and spoke to him about it. He’s very impressed by it and he’s very excited by it."

Toussaint, a 6-foot, 165-pound prospect, is a consensus three-star point guard from the Bronx. 247Sports ranks him the No. 221 overall recruit in 2019 and the No. 33 point guard in the class. He battled toe-to-toe with five-star 2019 point guard Cole Anthony and led Cardinal Hayes past Molloy in the 2017 New York AA state title game.

"He’s a bulldog of a guard," Lods said. "He can shoot the ball. He’s got terrific handle. You can’t stay in front of him. He’s so tough. When big guys are coming down the lane, he steps in and takes a charge. He’s got so much heart. He's just such a winning player. He makes the extra pass. He’s a quiet kid. He’s just a worker.

"There’s never any BS in him. He has a goal, and he’s trying to get there."

Lods said McCaffery’s recent contract extension could help the Hawkeyes in this recruitment.

"When I talk to Joe, I tell him to try to find as stable of a situation as he can," he said. "I told him he’s only played for one coach at Cardinal Hayes and I hope he gets that same luck in college. That’s why when (St. Joseph’s head coach) Phil Martelli offered him a scholarship, I told him it’s appealing because Phil Martelli has been there forever and he’s not going anywhere."

Iowa also offered St. Louis three-star point guard Yuri Collins and Florida point guard Bryan Greenlee on Tuesday.

Rivals national analyst Corey Evans first reported Iowa's offer to Toussaint.

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 mbain@dmreg.com and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.