Iowa Hawkeyes senior guard Connor McCaffery has announced he will use his extra year of eligibility. Players were granted extra years of eligibility if they played during the 2020-21 season due to how the season was impacted by the Coronavirus. McCaffery plays big minutes for the Hawkeyes and despite the numbers not jumping off the page he is an important vocal leader on the team. McCaffery is the son of Iowa Hawkeyes Head Coach Fran McCaffery.
“Last night I sat down thinking of what I was going to say for my senior speech, so then I thought… you know what, I’ll wait and do it next year.” – @connor_m30
Connor McCaffery will be back in 2022-23? pic.twitter.com/aRjxzucbaG
— Iowa Men’s Basketball (@IowaHoops) April 22, 2022
In his senior season with the Iowa Hawkeyes, Connor McCaffery averaged 2.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game. He paired those numbers with a field goal percentage of 34.7 percent and a three-point percentage of 33.8 percent. Despite only playing 17 minutes per game, McCaffery was an upperclassman leader on the team and his return will help the program stability heading into next season. This year was his lowest points total in all four years and his second-lowest rebounding total.
Let’s run it back pic.twitter.com/OQlVAhKyRA
— Connor McCaffery (@connor_m30) April 22, 2022
While his numbers may not jump off the page, Connor McCaffery is a glue guy and an important vocal leader for the Iowa Hawkeyes. His return will help lessen the blow of losing a guy as talented as Keegan Murray, who declared for the 2022 NBA Draft earlier in the offseason. Iowa’s goal is to continue to compete in the Big Ten and make the 2023 NCAA Tournament. Leadership guys like McCaffery help achieve those types of goals. Now he will get to play college basketball for one more season.