The Iowa Hawkeyes got some huge news on Monday afternoon when news broke that Isaiah Moss would be returning to school. He had declared without an agent for the 2018 NBA Draft, but fans learned that he would now be returning to school.
Isaiah Moss to Return for Junior Season: https://t.co/NXDTnG36O6 // #Hawkeyes pic.twitter.com/KutNDISxdN— Iowa Basketball (@IowaHoops) May 29, 2018
During his two seasons in Iowa City, Moss has put up respectable numbers. He has averaged 8.7 points and 1.9 rebounds per game and has seen a few breakout performances as well. Specifically, his 32 points against Minnesota and 25 points on the road against Maryland on the road earlier this season stand out.
Moss originally entered Iowa’s program without a great deal of hype. He was rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports and barely among the top 250 nationally. But he developed into a productive player for the Hawkeyes and played 60 percent of the team’s minutes over the last season.
There’s no arguing that this is good news for the Hawkeyes. While the team had an underwhelming 2017-’18 season, there are still plenty of reasons for optimism in the coming seasons and Moss coming back certainly helps to boost that excitement.
With Moss back in the fold, Iowa should return its entire starting lineup, depending on what happens with Tyler Cook, who also declared for the Draft without an agent. That’s generally a pretty good sign, especially considering what head coach Fran McCaffery has done in Iowa City with upperclassmen.
Whether Iowa can achieve its goals next season with Moss back in the fold remains to be seen, but fans have to be excited. The Hawkeyes just got a talented option back.