Iowa basketball sends out flurry of offers to begin month of May
Iowa’s men’s basketball season came to a close with a 83-75 first-round NCAA Tournament loss against the Auburn Tigers. It put the bow tie on a 19-14 (11-9 Big Ten) season.
As one might suspect from the record, it was an up-and-down, helter-skelter, tough to figure out season for the Hawkeyes.
Kris Murray morphed into a star nationally and is a projected first-round 2023 NBA draft pick. That part was certainly fun to watch unfold.
There were some pretty spectacular individual moments such as the Hawkeyes’ and Payton Sandfort’s heroics in a wild comeback win over Michigan State.
The Hawkeyes made their fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament. Iowa is one of just 10 teams nationally that can boast of that and one of just three Big Ten teams alongside Purdue and Michigan State that have taken part in each of the past four NCAA Tournaments.
In college sports, there’s not much time to sit around and reflect on the season that was, though. As the calendar has shifted to the offseason, Iowa’s focus has been on replacing Kris Murray, Filip Rebraca, Connor McCaffery and Ahron Ulis.
The Hawkeyes brought in one transfer portal addition, former Valparaiso big Ben Krikke. The 6-foot-9, 220 pound big led the Missouri Valley Conference in scoring, averaging 19.4 points per game. He was even better than that mark in league play, averaging 21.0 points per game. He also averaged 5.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest. Krikke shot 55% from the field and 80% from the free-throw line.
Iowa has one more scholarship spot it can fill. The Hawkeyes have reportedly reached out to former North Dakota State forward Grant Nelson. That would be a fantastic add for Iowa.
In the meantime, the Hawkeyes are very busy on the recruiting trail, too. Here’s a recap of offers the staff has doled out in the past several days.
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2026 PG Jonathan Sanderson - Saline High (Saline, Michigan)
I am Blessed to receive an offer from the University of Iowa! @IowaHoops #putgodfirst pic.twitter.com/AdFgGGsSqp
— Jonathan Sanderson (@jonathan_sand10) May 3, 2023
The 2026 point guard received his first high-major offer from the Iowa Hawkeyes. A 6-foot-2 point guard out of Saline High in Michigan, Jonathan Sanderson also has offers from Detroit, Ohio and Marshall.
Jonathan Sanderson – Freshman Highlights@PrepHoopsMI #1 prospect in the class of 2026! Elite nationally & a top PG prospect in the country.@jonathan_sand10 https://t.co/xPTiqacLcD
— Scott Hankamp (@HankampScott) April 9, 2023
2024 SF Caden Diggs - The Bullis School (Potomac, Maryland)
Extremely blessed to receive an offer from the University of Iowa 🐥 #Hawkeyes #FightforIowa pic.twitter.com/3xkgzpvXlx
— Caden Diggs (@cayy4k) May 3, 2023
A teammate of another name we will see on this list shortly, Caden Diggs is a 6-foot-7, 180-pound small forward out of The Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland. That’s a suburb of Washington, D.C.
Both 247Sports and On3 have Diggs as a three-star prospect in the 2024 class. Per 247Sports, Diggs is the nation’s No. 45 small forward and the No. 7 player from Maryland. Meanwhile, On3 lists Diggs as the No. 42 power forward and the No. 4 player from Maryland.
Highlights of ‘24 Caden Diggs vs. STAB@BruceKelley1 @cayy4k pic.twitter.com/UN0GPHeBwT
— Adam Ayalew (@AyalewAdam) December 10, 2022
2025 SG Jordan Scott - South Lakes High (Reston, Virginia)
I have received an official offer from the University of Iowa! Thank you Coach McCaffery and Coach Dillard. pic.twitter.com/vCe9V4iOAS
— jordan scott (@jordanscott267) May 4, 2023
Jordan Scott is a 6-foot-6, 175-pound shooting guard from South Lakes in Reston, Virginia. Per Rivals, Scott also holds offers from East Carolina, George Mason, Radord, Virginia Commonwealth and Washington. Also a member of the Virginia Elite, Scott recently put up a ridiculous triple-double.
21 pts 16 blks 10 rebs😁 https://t.co/sJJXU9LxNi
— jordan scott (@jordanscott267) April 28, 2023
2025 PF Nikola Bundalo - Green High (Green, Ohio)
Blessed to receive an offer from the university of Iowa special thanks to the coaching staff and head coach McCaffery #gohawkeyes pic.twitter.com/1C7A2v8bty
— Nikola Bundalo (@NikolaBundalo6) May 4, 2023
An unranked 2025 prospect out of Ohio, the 6-foot-9, 195 pound power forward is picking up steam. Nikola Bundalo has offers from Iowa, Bryant, Illinois, Kent State, Ohio State, Rutgers, Seton Hall and Xavier.
🇷🇸 2025 6-9 F Nikola Bundalo has been racking up offers (Iowa, Ohio St, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Xavier) after his strong showing with @WildcatSelect
Athletic & lengthy 4 man. Has range and ability to attack off the bounce. Very good finisher with either hand.@NikolaBundalo6 #3SSB pic.twitter.com/O5golBGO3h
— CBB Europe (@CBB_Europe) May 3, 2023
2025 PF Eric Reibe - The Bullis School (Potomac, Maryland)
Blessed and honored to receive a scholarship offer from the University of Iowa #Hawkeyes #FightForIowa pic.twitter.com/f8mzbkDsdi
— Eric Reibe (@eric_reibe) May 4, 2023
Iowa extended an offer to Eric Reibe. Originally a native of Germany, the 6-foot-11, 230-pound power forward plays at The Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland, outside of Washington, D.C alongside Diggs.
His recruitment has really picked up in the past month or so as he’s made a splash with New World AAU. Per 247Sports, Reibe also holds offers from Maryland, College of Charleston, Georgetown, George Washington, Purdue and Virginia Tech.
Breakout Performer ❗️
6’11” Eric Reibe (2025) jumped on the scene at the CBG Grassroots Tip-Off with @NewWorldAAU .
Recent offers from Virginia Tech, College of Charleston, and George Washington. #LiveFromTheCBG pic.twitter.com/RVJjGfdaAD
— Commonwealth Basketball Group (@theCBGLive) April 11, 2023
2024 PF Pharaoh Compton - Compass Prep (Chandler, Arizona)
After taking with @CoachEldridge23 I am beyond blessed to say I have received and offer from the University of Iowa. #AGTG pic.twitter.com/NCH86GcQUd
— pharaoh compton (@PharaohCompton) May 5, 2023
Pharaoh Compton is a four-star power forward in the 2024 class. The 6-foot-8, 215-pound prospect is out of Compass Prep in Chandler, Arizona. He is the 53rd player nationally by Rivals, 71st per On3 and 78th according to 247Sports.
Compton holds Power Five offers from Arizona State, Houston, Kansas State, LSU, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Washington State.
2024 Pharaoh Compton highlights from the Blue Chips Last Run! @pharaoh_55 @TeamSFG_EYBL @TheBattleUS pic.twitter.com/4vULrNEjiE
— Courtside Films (@CourtsideFilms) July 5, 2022
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