Iowa showing signs of moving on after failing to land Bettendorf point guard D.J. Carton

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Photo courtesy of Bryan Greenlee.

By Tyler Devine

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Fran McCaffery failed in his attempt to land five-star point guard and Bettendorf native D.J. Carton, but the search for a 2019 point guad goes on.

That was apparent on Wednesaday as McCaffery extended scholarship offers to three point guards in the 2019 class, including Florida native Bryan Greenlee.

"It’s big time," Greenlee said. "I was definitely excited when I talked to coach McCaffery on the phone and he extended the offer to me.

"I would have to say Iowa is my favorite right now."

In additon to Greenlee, Iowa also offered scholarships on Wednesday to 2019 point guard Joe Touissant, who is from the Bronx, N.Y., and St. Louis native Yuri Collins.

They are belived to be the first point guards from the 2019 class to receive offers from Iowa since Carton committed to Ohio State last month.

McCaffery said on KCJJ radio in late April that he wouldn't sign a point guard just to have another point guard. McCaffery was prohibited from commeting on any specific point guard at the time, but it was clear that the 6-2 Carton was his top choice, even without McCaffery saying it.

Iowa offered Carton a scholarship more than a year ago and had made him a priority.

But with Plan A having failed, it's on to Plan B, C and D.

The 6-foot, 175-pound Greenlee isn't putting much stock into Iowa offering multiple point guards in short time period.

"The fact that it’s right now and it’s the end of the live period and they need somebody and they offered me, I don’t know," Greenlee said. "It doesn’t really tell me too much."

Unlike Carton, the three point guards who were offered scholarships on Wednesday don't have numerous scholarship offers from power five teams, so that could ultimately help Iowa.

Besides Iowa being his first major offer, Greenlee feels like his style of play would fit well with the system that Iowa runs.

"Obviously (what stands out) is that they’re in the Big Ten, that’s my first high major offer," Greenlee said. "Just talking to the coaching staff and them explaining their play style to me and just how their program maneuvers I feel like it’s a good fit for me. I definitely feel like I could play there because I’m a fast player. I always push the ball up the court and I’m looking to advance it ahead and that’s what they like. 

"I also like that the coaches don’t put too much pressure on their point guard from what I’ve heard. You have to make the right decisions too when you play but they also allow you to just play free and play confident."

Iowa currently has two point guards on the roster, including junior Jordan Bohannon, who is well on his way to becoming the school's most proliic 3-point shooter.

The other point guard is McCaffery's son, Connor McCaffery, a 6-5 redshirt from freshman. Connor was granted a medical redshirt after struggling through an illness-and-injury-plagued freshman season.

Iowa's 2019 recruiting class currently consists of just one player - 6-8 Patrick McCaffery, who is also Fran McCaffery's son and a senior-to-be at Iowa City West High School.

Greenlee also said that he is in the process of setting up a visit to Iowa.