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Cardale Jones throws 42 times in leading Gray to 17-14 win in Ohio State Spring Game

WR Corey Smith was a favorite target of Cardale Jones, hauling in 6 passes for 174 yards and 2 scores (photo by Gary Housteau, courtesy 247 Sports)

 

OHIO STATE SPRING GAME POST-GAME AUDIO

55,720 Cardale Jones OSU QB Throwing a bunch in the Spring Game was tailored made for him 4 18 2015

55,723 Cardale Jones What did he get better at this Spring and what improvements still needed 4 18 2015

55,725 Cardale Jones What does he need to do between now and August to be the starter at QB 4 18 2015

55,726 Cardale Jones On going to the White House as National Champions 4 18 2015


There are only a handful of stadiums in college football that could even dream of seeing 99,000 people in the seats for a Spring Football Game.

Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium (102,455), Penn State’s Beaver Stadium (107,282), Michigan’s Michigan Stadium (109,901), Ohio State’s Ohio Stadium (104,944), Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium (101,821) and LSU’s Tiger Stadium (102,321) are the the only schools who could ever accomodate that many fans.

At one time, Alabama had the record for a Spring Game crowd at over 90,000 a few times.

But with the Ohio State Buckeyes coming off a National Championship season, the athletic department felt it could at least get 90,000 in their horseshoe-shaped stadium.

They had more fans than they ever envisioned with a crowd of 99,391. That’s right, almost a 100,000 fans atteding basically an intra-squad scrimmage.

The fans were treated to an entertaining game under 78-degree temperatures and partly cloudy skies.

Those fans did not see QB’s Braxton Miller, J.T. Barrett or RB Ezekial Elliott, all recuperating from injuries and surgeries.

But they did see current QB hero, Cardale Jones, the one-time 3rd-stringer who led Ohio State to stunning wins over Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon en route to the national title.

Jones, threw an unheard of for an Ohio State Spring Game, 42 times, completing 19 for 304 yards with 2 TD’s and 2 INT’s. He did connect with WR Corey Smith for those long scoring passes of 58 and 37 yards.

Other stars of the Spring Game includes: Noah Brown, Curtis Samuel, Warren Ball, Jeff Greene, Paris Campbell, Terry McLaurin, Nick Conner, Chris Worley, Sam Hubbard and Erick Smith.

Coach Meyer said the team did not improve overall, but several individuals did.

He did not name a number-1 quarterback. That will come sometime in August.

Cardale Jones throwing in 2015 Spring Game (photo by Gary Housteau, courtesy 247 Sports)

 

 

 

#17 Iowa Baseball hosts Northern Illinois on Wednesday

 

 

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The 17th-ranked University of Iowa baseball team will host Northern Illinois for a midweek game Wednesday at 6:05 p.m. (CT) at Duane Banks Field.

 

The Hawkeyes won 2-of-3 games last weekend over Northwestern to improve to 26-11 overall and 10-2 in Big Ten play. Iowa is ranked in six polls Monday, coming in 17th by Collegiate Baseball, 18th by Baseball America, 19th by D1Baseball.com, 21st in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, 24th by Perfect Game, and 29th by the USBWA.

 

Northern Illinois is 15-24 overall and 5-10 in the Mid-American Conference.  The Huskies won the second game of an April 18 doubleheader at Toledo, 4-3, to avoid a three-game sweep.  Northern Illinois has lost 12 of its last 14 games, which includes a nine-game losing streak from March 28-April 12.

 

The Huskies are hitting .258 as a team with two players hitting above .300.  Stephen Letz and Brian Sisler are both hitting .324; Sisler has a team-leading 44 hits, 11 doubles, and 22 RBIs.

 

Northern Illinois has a 5.44 team ERA, giving up 372 hits and 255 runs (202 earned) over 334 innings.  The Huskies will start freshman RHP Kevin Jones, who is 2-0 with a 9.15 ERA in 12 appearances (one start).  Jones has allowed 24 runs on 30 hits over 20 2/3 innings. He has 14 strikeouts while issuing 20 walks.

 

Iowa will send freshman RHP Nick Gallaher (0-0, 1.69 ERA) to the mound for his third start.  The Iowa City, Iowa, native has allowed two runs on six hits over 10 2/3 innings this season, fanning nine against four walks.

 

The Hawkeyes’ pitching staff collectively currently ranks eighth in the nation in hits allowed per nine innings (7.30) and 19th in ERA (2.92).  Iowa’s defense has a .979 field percentage, ranking 13th in the country.

 

The Hawkeyes are 3-4 in midweek games this season, where they are hitting .275 and averaging 5.6 runs per game.  Iowa’s has a 4.75 midweek ERA, allowing 34 runs on 49 hits.

 

Junior Tyler Peyton is hitting at a .407 clip (11-of-27) during midweek action with eight runs scored.  For the season, Peyton has a .363 average to rank third in the Big Ten.

 

Following Wednesday’s midweek game, the Hawkeyes will host No. 25 Nebraska for a three-game series from April 24-26.

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY James Allan; COURTESY IOWA ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

Iowa Men’s Tennis to play Wisconsin at Big Ten Championships this week

 

THIS WEEK:

The University of Iowa men’s tennis team (13-10, 4-7), ranked 66th nationally, travels to Champaign, Illinois, to compete in the 2015 Big Ten Tournament. The Hawkeyes, seeded eighth in the12-team field, will play ninth-seeded Wisconsin in the first round on Thursday at 10 a.m. (CT). If the team advances they will play top-seeded Illinois Friday at 10 a.m. (CT).

 

HAWKEYES RANKED:

The recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, released on April 14, have Iowa ranked 66th nationally. Climbing six spots from the rankings released on April 7. Hagan is ranked 117th in the country in singles. The senior has posted a 9-11 record in the spring campaign, playing at the No. 1 position.

 

HAWKEYES REGISTER FOUR B1G VICTORIES:

The Hawkeyes finished the regular season 4-7 in Big Ten this spring campaign. Their wins have come against Wisconsin, Michigan, Purdue, and most recently Nebraska. The last time Iowa posted four conference victories was the 2009-10 season, the team finished with a (13-10, 4-6) overall record. Iowa completed its regular season Sunday night with a sweep over Chicago State, 7-0. The Hawkeyes ended the 2014-15 regular season (13-10, 4-7), but look to advance through the field in Champaign.

 

A DOMINANT PARTNERSHIP:

Junior Dominic Patrick and freshman Josh Silverstein have seen recent success in doubles competition. The duo, playing most matches at the No. 3 position, have tallied a 7-2 record this Spring. The two worked together to earn wins against six Big Ten opponents, including the likes of then-No. 44 Indiana, then-No. 26 Northwestern, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue and Ohio State. The duo defeated 80th-ranked Ohio State pair Callahan/Diaz, 8-4. The win is there first win over ranked opponents as a team this spring. They will look to continue their success against Wisconsin.

 

YOUTH LEADS THE WAY IN SINGLES:

Silverstein, Jake Jacoby and Lefteris Theodorou have all amassed double-digit wins in singles competition. Silverstein (15-7) has the second record on the team. In his last win, Silverstein defeated Chicago State’s Rohan Wattley in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2.

Theodorou (15-6) has the best singles record on the team. In Iowa’s match against Penn State, the freshman recorded a win against Alex Fennell in a three-set thriller, 6-1, 5-7, 6-3.Theodorou played at No. 1 singles and posted a win over Chicago State’s Sergiu Muresan in straight sets, 6-4, 7-6. He improved to 3-0 this year playing at the No. 1 spot. Jacoby (13-7) registered his first win at the No. 3 singles position, earning a 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Rashley Yeremia of Chicago State.

FIRST MEETING WITH WISCONSIN:

In the team’s Big Ten opener, the Hawkeyes earned a 4-3 win over the Badgers on March 22 in Iowa City. Dominic Patrick, Jacoby, Theodorou and Silverstein all tallied wins in singles, leading Iowa to victory. 

 

LAST TIME OUT:

The Hawkeyes hosted both Penn State and Chicago State on Sunday. In its final Big Ten match of the regular season Iowa was beaten 4-2 by the Nittany Lions. The team managed to bounce back in the dual match nightcap, blanking Chicago State, 7-0.

 

WILSON ON THE B1G TOURNAMENT:

“Wisconsin is a deep team that is very experienced and we expect another close match,”  said UI head coach Ross Wilson.

 

MATCH PREVIEW WRITTEN BY Matthew Weitzel; COURTESY IOWA ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

This Week in the MLS: Week 8 Previews & News

This Week in MLS – April 20, 2015

 

  • Week Eight welcomes Cascadia Cup, new chapter of New York-LA rivalry
  • Montreal Impact set for first leg of CONCACAF Champions League final
  • Tottenham Hotspur to face MLS All-Stars

 

Week Eight welcomes Cascadia Cup, new chapter of New York-LA rivalry

Chicago Fire, New York City FC meet for the first time on Viernes de Fútbol

New York City FC and the Chicago Fire open Viernes de Futbol’s first doubleheader of the season at 8 p.m. ET (UDN) at Toyota Park. NYCFC hits the road on the heels of a tough stretch that included three games in eight days. The week took an unfortunate turn for the expansion club, which saw starters David Villa, Mix Diskerud, Jason Hernandez and Josh Williams sidelined by injuries. While NYCFC trudges through a five-game winless streak, Shaun Maloney and the Fire are trending up. The club responded to a 0-3 start with wins over Toronto FC and Philadelphia Union in their last two fixtures. Chicago carries momentum and fresh legs after nearly two weeks off , but NYCFC—despite its injury issues—is yet to lose a match by more than one goal.

 

FC Dallas and Colorado Rapids meet for second time in three weeks

 

FC Dallas travel to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park looking to avenge a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of the Colorado Rapids two weeks ago in the tail end of this week’s Viernes de Futboldoubleheader at 10 p.m. ET (UDN). Fabian Castillo’s second career two-goal game helped FC Dallas rebound from their loss against Colorado with a 3-2 victory over Toronto FC in a game that was delayed over three hours due to weather. In the Mile High City, Gabriel Torres’ second goal in as many matches wasn’t enough as the Rapids fell to Seattle Sounders FC 3-1. Dallas will be poised to amend their loss against Colorado and stay near the top of the Supporters’ Shield race, while the Rapids will look to replicate their performance against FC Dallas this season.

 

East Coast-West Coast rivalry rekindled as Red Bulls host Galaxy

 

A surging LA Galaxy trek cross-country to face an undefeated New York Red Bulls for the opening leg of Soccer Sunday’s inaugural tripleheader at 5 p.m. ET (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes). The Red Bulls, now 3-0-2 following Friday’s 2-0 win over San Jose, are the last MLS side without a loss. Newcomers Sacha Kljestan, Mike Grella, and Felipe Martins have joined Bradley Wright-Phillips and Lloyd Sam to give New York a well-balanced attack—something it will need to top LA. The Galaxy are kicking into gear after a pedestrian start to the season, securing wins versus Seattle and Sporting Kansas City in consecutive weeks. Although LA defeated New York, 4-0, in their lone matchup last season, it is yet to win at Red Bull Arena since the stadium opened in 2010. With both lineups likely at full strength come Sunday night, this match has the makings of a classic.

Toronto FC makes first visit to Sunshine State in matchup against Orlando City

Orlando City SC welcome a Toronto FC side making their first trip to the Sunshine State on MLS Soccer Sunday with an evening showcase at the Citrus Bowl at 7 p.m. ET (Fox Sports 1, FOX Deportes, TSN). Orlando lost its first away game falling to Columbus Crew SC 3-0 last week. A two-goal performance from Toronto FC Designated Player Sebastian Giovinco wasn’t enough as Toronto dropped their fourth consecutive match losing 3-2 to FC Dallas. Orlando City hope to win their first home game at the Citrus Bowl after dropping two consecutive heartbreakers in stoppage time against Vancouver Whitecaps FC and D.C. United.

Seattle Sounders FC host Portland Timbers in Cascadia Cup matchup

Seattle Sounders FC play host to archrival Portland Timbers to cap off MLS Soccer Sunday’s tripleheader at 9:30 p.m. ET (Fox Sports 1, FOX Deportes). Both clubs rebounded with wins on the road last week after losing the previous week. Seattle traveled to Colorado and came away with a 3-1 win thanks to a two-goal performance from Lamar Neagle and an Obafemi Martins golazo. The Timbers escaped Yankee Stadium with a 1-0 win over New York City FC behind Dairon Asprilla’s first MLS goal and a string of big saves late in the game from goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey. Sounders FC are unbeaten in five regular season matchups at CenturyLink Field against Portland, going 3-0-2.

 

MLS National TV Schedule

 

Friday, April 24

Chicago Fire vs. New York City FC, 8 p.m. ET (UDN)

Colorado Rapids vs. FC Dallas, 10 p.m. ET (UDN)

 

Sunday, April 26

New York Red Bulls vs. LA Galaxy, 5 p.m. ET (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes)

Orlando City SC vs. Toronto FC, 7 p.m. ET (Fox Sports 1, FOX Deportes, TSN)

Seattle Sounders FC vs. Portland Timbers, 9:30 p.m. ET (Fox Sports 1, FOX Deportes)

 

Montreal Impact set for first leg of CONCACAF Champions League final

The stage is set for the CONCACAF Champions League final. On Wednesday night at 9 p.m. ET (Fox Sports 2), Club América welcomes the Montreal Impact to renowned Estadio Azteca. The Impact are two matches away from capping off an improbable and historic run to the CCL final. Montreal can become the first Major League Soccer club to ever win the CONCACAF Champions League despite finishing last season with the fewest points in MLS. Real Salt Lake is the only other MLS club to appear in a Champions League final, but fell to Mexican side Monterrey 3-2 in the 2010-11 version of the tournament. Although leaving Azteca with a good result will be the Impact’s toughest task yet, reinforcements are arriving in the form of Kenny Cooper, who signed with the club on April 12. Cooper brings 210 games of MLS experience and a much-needed boost to Montreal’s injury-riddled attack.

 

Tottenham Hotspur to play MLS All-Stars

 

Major League Soccer announced last Wednesday that Tottenham Hotspur will face the MLS All-Stars in the 2015 AT&T MLS All-Star Game. The annual showcase will be played July 29 at 9 p.m. ET at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, home of the Colorado Rapids. The game will be televised live on FOX Sports 1, UniMás and Univision Deportes Network (UDN) in the United States, TSN and RDS in Canada. The game will also be broadcast around the globe to more than 100 countries via the League’s international broadcast partners, Sky Sports in the UK, pan-European broadcaster Eurosport, Globosat in Brazil, and Abu Dhabi Media Company.

 

Founded in 1882, Spurs, as they are affectionately known, are a mainstay in the Barclays Premier League and regular participants in European competitions. The London-based club lifted the Football League Championship, now the Barclays Premier League championship, on two occasions (1951, 1961) as well as a host of domestic cups, including the FA Cup, which the club has won eight times.

Week Eight Game Previews

Friday, April 24

Chicago Fire vs. New York City FC, 8 p.m. ET (UDN)

 

  • The Fire return to action after two weekends off, winning for a second consecutive match in their last outing, a 3-2 triumph against Toronto FC on April 4 at Toyota Park.
  • Harry Shipp recorded a pair of assists in the win vs. TFC. He has three assists for the season and has played a part in three of the Fire’s last four goals. He also scored the club’s first goal of 2015 on March 22 at San Jose; he has a goal or an assist in four of the Fire’s five goals this season.
  • NYCFC saw their overall winless streak extended to five matches, and their winless streak at Yankee Stadium stretched to three games following their 1-0 loss to the Portland Timbers on Sunday.

 

Colorado Rapids vs. FC Dallas, 10 p.m. ET (UDN)

 

  • Fabian Castillo scored his second career two-goal game in MLS, as FC Dallas snapped their three-game winless run with a 3-2 win against Toronto FC on Saturday at Toyota Stadium. Castillo’s goal after just 29 seconds in the win vs. TFC was the quickest goal in FCD club history, and the 16th-fastest goal ever in MLS.
  • Gabriel Torres scored for a second consecutive match, but the Rapids weren’t able to build upon their first win of the year, falling 3-1 to Seattle Sounders FC at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park over the weekend. Torres and Dillon Powers each have one goal and two assists this season; the pair has figured in every one of Colorado’s six goals this season.
  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season, and the second time in three weeks. The Rapids put an end to their long winless and goalless streaks with a dominant 4-0 win vs. FC Dallas on April 10 at Toyota Stadium.
  • FC Dallas won on their last trip to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, a 1-0 victory in the final meeting a year ago. The Rapids have won just one of their last four home matches against FCD. The Rapids’ win in the first meeting this year was their first in Frisco since 2012, and ended a three-game FCD winning streak in the series.

 

Saturday, April 25

Columbus Crew SC vs. Philadelphia Union, 7:30 p.m. ET

 

  • Kei Kamara scored his fourth goal of the season – tied for second in the MLS Golden Boot standings – and added his first assist of the season as Crew SC rolled to a 3-0 home win against Orlando City SC on Saturday.
  • Union saw their brief two-game winless run come to an end in a 2-1 home loss to the New England Revolution on Sunday. Cristian Maidana scored Union’s lone goal from a free kick, his first goal in MLS since May 31 of last season.
  • Crew SC have a three-game winning streak alive vs. Union, all three victories coming a year ago. Union’s last win in the series was a 3-0 victory June 5, 2013 at PPL Park.
  • Crew SC have never lost to Union in Columbus. They have won five of six meetings there all-time, with one draw, including both matches in the Ohio state capitol a year ago.

 

New England Revolution vs. Real Salt Lake, 7:30 p.m. ET

 

  • The Revolution extended their undefeated streak to five matches, returning to their winning ways with a 2-1 come-from-behind victory at Philadelphia Union on Sunday afternoon. The Revolution conceded their first goal in 250 minutes, the fifth-longest shutout streak in MLS this season, in the win.
  • RSL suffered their first defeat of the 2015 campaign, falling 1-0 to Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday evening at Rio Tinto Stadium. RSL were shut out at the attacking end for a second consecutive game.
  • RSL has a seven-game undefeated streak alive in the series, the Revolution’s last victory coming in 2009 in a 3-1 victory at Gillette Stadium. RSL has won six of the seven meetings since, with one draw, including victories each of the last three seasons in the lone meeting between the clubs.
  • The Claret-and-Cobalt has won on each of their last three visits to Foxborough, since 2010. The Revolution have never won at Rio Tinto Stadium, their only victories in Utah having come at Rice-Eccles Stadium, the last in 2007.

 

Houston Dynamo vs. Sporting Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. ET

 

  • Ricardo Clark has scored goals in consecutive games for the fourth time in his MLS career after netting the Dynamo’s goal in their 1-1 draw at D.C. United over the weekend. Each of Clark’s last six goals have come in three pairs of back-to-back games.
  • Sporting saw their four-game undefeated run put to an end in a 2-1 loss at the LA Galaxy on Saturday evening at StubHub Center. Krisztian Nemeth has scored the last two goals for SKC; Benny Feilhaber collected an assist, his fifth of the season to lead MLS.
  • Each team won at the other’s home ground in the two meetings a season ago. Sporting won 2-0 at BBVA Compass Stadium on June 6, then the Dynamo returned the favor with a 3-1 victory Aug. 29 at Sporting Park.
  • The teams met three consecutive seasons in the MLS Cup Playoffs from 2011-13, the Dynamo advancing in the first two meetings before SKC triumphed in the last. The 2011 and 2013 meetings were for the Eastern Conference Championship; both clubs find themselves in the Western Conference beginning this season.

 

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. D.C. United, 10:30 p.m. ET

 

  • Darren Mattocks scored his second goal of the season, as Whitecaps FC ended their brief two-game winless run with a 1-0 victory at Real Salt Lake. Mattocks has been involved in each of Vancouver’s last three goals, over the last three matches.
  • United stretched their undefeated run to four games with a second consecutive draw, playing to a 1-1 result with the Houston Dynamo on Saturday evening at RFK Stadium.
  • Since a 4-0 victory in the first meeting ever between the clubs, Aug. 13, 2011 at RFK Stadium, D.C United have not defeated Whitecaps FC. Vancouver has won two of the four encounters since, with two draws.
  • The teams have not scored a goal in a meeting at BC Place since 2011, when Whitecaps FC took a 2-1 win. The last two matchups in British Columbia have ended in scoreless draws.

 

Sunday, April 26

New York Red Bulls vs. LA Galaxy, 5 p.m. ET (ESPN2)

 

  • The Red Bulls remain the only team in Major League Soccer without a defeat this season, improving their record to 3-0-2 with a 2-0 win against the San Jose Earthquakes on Friday evening. It matches the longest undefeated start to a season in club history (they also went 3-0-2 to open 2007).
  • Sacha Kljestan scored his first MLS goal since April 24, 2010, when he scored for Chivas USA, in the Red Bulls victory. Bradley Wright-Phillips – last year’s MLS Golden Boot winner with 27 goals – recorded his third assist of the season on the Kljestan goal, tied for second-most in MLS this season.
  • The Galaxy won their second consecutive game on the heels of a four-game winless run, defeating Sporting Kansas City 2-1 on Saturday evening at StubHub Center, the winning goal scored deep in stoppage time by defender Omar Gonzalez off the substitutes’ bench.
  • The Galaxy took the lone meeting between the teams a season ago by a 4-0 scoreline, Sept. 28 at StubHub Center, their first victory vs. the Red Bulls since 2010. New York had won four of the five meetings in between, with one draw, including 1-0 wins in the only meeting in 2012 and 2013.
  • The Red Bulls have won their last two home meetings with the Galaxy, after LA defeated New York 1-0 on Aug. 14, 2010, the first meeting ever between the clubs in Harrison.

 

Orlando City SC vs. Toronto FC, 7 p.m. ET (FS1)

 

  • Orlando City SC lost for the first time away from the Citrus Bowl, ending their two-game road swing with a 3-0 defeat at Columbus Crew SC on Saturday evening.
  • The Lions have yet to win at home this season, following a dramatic draw with New York City FC in their first MLS match ever with a pair of losses (to Vancouver and D.C. United, the winning goal in each coming in stoppage time).
  • Toronto FC saw their losing slide reach four games with a second consecutive 3-2 defeat, this time at FC Dallas on Saturday evening in the fifth match of their seven-game road swing to start the season.
  • Sebastian Giovinco scored his first career two-goal game in MLS; he has three goals over the last two matches, and has been involved in each of TFC’s last four goals.

 

Seattle Sounders FC vs. Portland Timbers, 9:30 p.m. ET (FS1)

 

  • Lamar Neagle had the third multiple-goal game of his MLS career, pacing Sounders FC to a 3-1 win against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday evening. Neagle’s last two-goal game came May 11, 2013 vs. San Jose.
  • The Timbers won their second match in their last three outings, Dairon Asprilla scoring his first MLS goal in a 1-0 win at New York City FC on Sunday afternoon.
  • The teams had a wild season series a year ago. Sounders FC won two meetings, with one draw, as the clubs combined for 16 goals in the three games (Seattle scoring 10).
  • The Sounders FC 4-2 victory in the final meeting last year, Aug. 24 at Providence Park, was just the second by the road team in the MLS league series between the teams. The Timbers have never won in Seattle in regular season play, though they did win there in the MLS Cup Playoffs in 2013.
  • Versions of the club have faced one another in the NASL, Western Soccer League, APSL/A-League/USL First Division and now MLS. Overall, the clubs have met 88 times in official competitions, Seattle winning 45 times, Portland winning 31, and 12 draws.

 

GAME PREVIEWS WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF MLS COMMUNICATIONS

 

Iowa signs Waterloo native Dale Jones to basketball letter of intent; completes 6-man recruiting class

IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa head men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery announced today that Dale Jones has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Iowa. Jones becomes the sixth member of Iowa’s 2015 recruiting class, joining Andrew FlemingBrandon HuttonAhmad WagnerIsaiah Moss, and Christian Williams.

 

Jones, a native of Waterloo, Iowa, prepped at Waterloo West High School (2008-12) before completing his first two years of college eligibility at Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas. This past season as a sophomore, Jones averaged 16.9 points, while shooting 45 percent (99-of-218) from 3-point range and 84 percent from the foul line (99-of-118), and 8.3 rebounds on a team that won the Region XIV championship and advanced to the second round of the NJCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. The team captain was an NJCAA honorable mention All-American, and earned first-team all-region and all-regional tournament accolades in 2015.

 

The 6-foot-8, 220-pound forward averaged 9.2 points and 6.1 rebounds his freshman campaign in 2013 before being sidelined with an injury in 2014.

 

“Dale is a versatile front court player who can score, rebound and shoot at a high percentage,” said McCaffery. “He played for one of the top junior colleges and coaches in the country in Mike Marquis. This is a great opportunity for Dale to come back home. We’re thrilled that he’s going to be a Hawkeye.”

 

As a senior at Waterloo West in 2012, Jones was a second-team and third-team all-state honoree by the Iowa Newspaper Association and Des Moines Register, respectively, while also earning all-conference laurels.

 

Jones will be a junior, while Iowa’s other five commitments will be freshmen beginning this fall.

 

2015 IOWA RECRUITING CLASS

Andrew Fleming                      G             6-5/205           Nashville, Tenn. (Oak Hill Academy – VA)

Brandon Hutton                      F              6-6/210           Chicago, Ill. (De La Salle)

Dale Jones                                F              6-8/220           Waterloo, Iowa (Waterloo West HS/Tyler JC – Texas)

Ahmad Wagner                       F              6-7/215           Yellow Springs, Ohio (Wayne)

Isaiah Moss                             F              6-5/175           Chicago, Ill. (Simeon)

Christian Williams                  G             6-6/195           Decatur, Ill. (St. Teresa)

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Matthew Weitzel; COURTESY IOWA ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

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