Son of Wisconsin Badgers Big Ten rival coach enters portal

The NCAA men’s basketball transfer portal has now surpassed the 1,000 athlete milestones, and a familiar face to the Wisconsin Badgers entered the portal Wednesday.

Patrick McCaffery, son of Iowa Hawkeyes head coach Fran McCaffery, decided to move on from Iowa City after five years with the team. Fran’s other son, Connor, played under his dad for six years from 2017-2023.

The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 8.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 23 minutes a game this past season. His best season came in 2021-22 when he averaged 24.2 minutes, 10.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.5 blocks on 42% shooting and 33% from 3.

The veteran will likely look for a more robust role at his next destination.

Iowa basketball went 19-15 in 2023-24 and missed the NCAA Tournament. The program has only made one Sweet 16 since 1999 and two since 1988.

Story originally appeared on Badgers Wire