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Recruiting: Previewing Iowa's Class of 2014

Fran McCaffery certainly stayed busy this offseason. What does each of his recruits bring to the table? Robert O'Neill tells us

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The Iowa Hawkeyes experienced a great deal of success last season, winning at least 20 games for the second straight year, and making their first NCAA Tournament since 2006. For this success to continue, they are going to need their three recruits in the Class of 2014 to step up.

Iowa's Class of 2014 is ranked 9th in the Big Ten, and 72nd in the nation, per 247Sports.

SG Brady Ellingson 3*, Sussex, Wisconsin (#287 in the Class of 2014)

Ellingson was the first recruit to sign his letter of intent in Iowa's 2014 class, signing way back in September 2013. Ellingson has nice range and nice finishing ability, which Iowa will rely upon to try and replace some of the scoring they will lose with the departure of Roy Devyn Marble. Ellingson will not be the only incoming player that can help replace some of that scoring, though.

PG Trey Dickerson 3*, Williston, North Dakota

Trey Dickerson was one of the most highly-recruited junior college players in the country before he committed to Iowa, and it is easy to see why. Dickerson was a junior college all-American last season, averaging 19.8 PPG, 5.7 APG, and 3.5 RPG, Dickerson is much more athletic than his six-foot-one frame would lead you to believe.

PF Dominique Uhl 3*, Point Pleasant, New Jersey (#257)

Perhaps the best of the three recruits, Uhl has had an interesting path to Iowa. Born in Germany, the six-foot-eight power forward came to New Jersey because he wanted to play college basketball. For the majority of his recruitment, it looked as if he was going to stay on the east coast, with Temple and Boston College being the leaders. Then Iowa swooped in, and the rest is history. There is not a ton of video on Uhl, given that he has only played basketball in this country for one year, but the video below shows his raw speed, ball handling skills, and athletic ability that Fran McCaffery and company could tap into and make Uhl a steal.

One of the benefits of having a small recruiting class like Iowa's, from a recruit perspective at least, is there will be opportunities right away to make your mark. We will have to see how these three players handle themselves in the Big Ten this season.