So far Iowa's class has been mainly athletic wings who can defend multiple positions and attack the basket. Andrew Fleming, from Nashville, TN., is a perfect complement to what's already coming in 2015. Fleming committed to Iowa in May 2014, after an official visit. He spent three years playing Tennessee high school basketball and was the state's Division II-AA Mr. Basketball his junior season. Fleming transferred to Oak Hill Academy in Virginia for his senior season, which means Coach McCaffery is bringing in talent from another top high school program. As of now, there are currently five Oak Hill Academy recruits set to be playing Division I basketball next season.
Iowa and UNLV offered him scholarships and Vanderbilt showed interested, but ultimately the 6'5" 205-pound, 3-star shooting guard chose Iowa. How does he project at the next level?
Shooting off the dribble is also something of which he is capable. If he can get to his spot, he'll set his feet and elevate into the shot. Fleming will command hard close outs, which should help open up driving lanes. He's a shooter first, but is capable of blowing by defenders when they challenge his shot. According to ESPN, he really worked on that area of his game this last season. If and when he plays, he'll need to take those opportunities as Big Ten defenders will close out aggressively to move him away from the three point line.
It's pretty evident that Fleming plays with a lot of confidence, a nice quality to have as a shooter. He won't be intimidated by the stage, or the competition, and that bodes well for his transition and development.
Areas for Improvement
Because he can draw attention either on the perimeter, or on the drive, he'll also need to continue to look for open teammates. He's a very capable passer, but he should get more opportunities to thrive in that area. Making others better will help him get on the floor and earn more minutes.
I've always thought that if a guy can shoot, they'll find a spot for him on the floor because of the attention he commands. If Fleming can stretch the floor, it'll open up driving lanes for himself and others and it'll afford interior players more room to work. Whether he plays this year, or in two years, he's a great complement to Iowa's incoming talent. He adds another dimension with his shooting, something that fits well with the other pieces at hand.