In a move that was expected, Iowa reserve forward Dale Jones transferred to North Dakota as a graduate transfer on April 21st. The 6’7” senior averaged less than five minutes a game last season.
As mentioned, this move was expected within the Hawkeye program. Jones participated in Senior Day activities and head coach Fran McCaffery all but confirmed the impending transfer at the Hawkeyes banquet in early April, according to a report from HawkCentral.
It was a disappointing end to Jones’s time in Iowa City. Jones transferred into Iowa as a junior college player at the start of the 2015-’16 season. The Hawkeye depth chart was wide open, but Jones never really got going except for a 22 point outburst against Coppin State. Jones’s season ended after just six games after a nasty fractured wrist in late November.
Jones was back healthy this past season, but was quickly buried in the depth chart to a slew of underclassmen. He only appeared in five games this season and with Iowa finding quality front court minutes from players such as Tyler Cook, Cordell Pemsl and Nicholas Baer, the writing was on the wall.
Will Iowa be impacted by Jones’s departure? Probably not, the Hawkeyes have a great core of front court players, one of the deepest teams in the Big Ten and a recruiting class with two top 150 forwards coming in next season.
It is unfortunate that Jones and the Iowa dynamic did not work out for either party. However, Jones will get to play at North Dakota with ample minutes and plenty of opportunities. After a career riddled with injuries and time off the court, it probably is the best case scenario for him.
Good for McCaffery and Iowa, linking up Jones to a North Dakota coach with Hawkeye connections. Here’s hoping that Jones can play out his college career healthy and performing well.