Fran McCaffery added to his Iowa Hawkeyes future on Tuesday when shooting guard Brady Ellingson verbally committed to the program.
The 6-4 sharpshooter made nearly 50% of his treys last year and averaged over 20 points per game. He made 86 of 179 three-point shots (48%) compared to 58 of 138 (42%) for incoming freshman Peter Jok. We’ve included some video below that shows some of the things Ellingson can do and while he shows good movement and cutting without the ball, which shooters need there is little doubt as to what his primary role will be; sink the trey.
Another bonus with Ellingson is it could help Iowa land one of his AAU teammates in Riley LaChance, who will be visiting Iowa this weekend. While Ellingson had 20-plus offers from Division I programs, those were mostly of the mid to low major variety. LaChance is considered a better prospect, or at least a more higher rated prospect. Scout.com has him as the 29th best point guard in the class and he has offers from Baylor, Butler, Creighton, Vanderbilt, Minnesota and others. He visited Michigan State this past weekend, but the Spartans have not made an offer as of yet.
LaChance is a bit out of the Mike Gessel mode in that he seems to be better in an up-tempo setting, he is unselfish and can also slide over and give you some two-guard minutes. While they have not stated as such, some have wondered if Ellingson and LaChance would wind up on the same college team due to their friendship forged this summer.
Riley’s father Tom gave this quote to HawkeyeInsider.com last week: “”Riley and Brady are both gym rats,” Tom LaChance said. “They came into the summer feeling they could play at the highest level and they had a chip on their shoulder.”
With Ellingson’s commitment, Iowa has three more scholarships it can award for this recruiting class. Prospects can sign a letter of intent in November or wait until next May.