Iowa's recruiting class heading into the 2015-16 season isn't the best by any means. Ranked 13th in the Big Ten by 247 Sports, it's at the bottom of the conference and only in front of Michigan.
That being said, Iowa landed a solid commit in Chicago product Isaiah Moss. The incoming freshman from Simeon High School stands at 6'5" and weighs in at 175 pounds. His presence on the floor could have an immediate impact on a Hawkeye team that lost a lot of talent to graduating seniors.
Moss is a special player because he can beat you in a number of different ways. He can shoot the ball from anywhere on the court, drive to the basket and finish through contact, and dish the ball to his teammates in smooth fashion. Coming from a competitive high school, Moss certainly has the experience of high level basketball that a lot of players don't develop until they've finished their freshman year of college basketball. With his height, Moss can play as either a shooting guard or a small forward for the Hawkeyes and be a dominant force in either position.
Moss will be a huge contributor to an already solid Iowa backcourt. The Hawkyers return point guards Mike Gessel and Anthony Clemmons for one more season, and Peter Jok remains a threat on the wing. When Moss is thrown into the equation with Gessel and Jok in a three guard lineup, they'll have not only one of the best backcourts in the Big Ten, but also one of the tallest. With Moss standing at 6'5'' and Jok at 6'6", they'll usually have the height advantage over their Big Ten opponents of respective positions. With the help of forwards Jarrod Uthoff and Adam Woodbury, Iowa can play big all year long.
After playing solid minutes his freshman season for the Hawkeyes, Moss should be ready to fill a huge role his sophomore year. While Iowa will eventually lose 4 seniors to graduation, there will be a lot of young talent on the 2016-17 team. If Isaiah Moss can get good minutes playing alongside veterans like Gessel and Uthoff, he can take the ropes to lead an ascending Iowa program to more NCAA Tournaments in years to come.
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