To the surprise of no one, Patrick McCaffery has decided to become a Hawkeye.
The second oldest son of Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery made it official on Thursday, announcing on Twitter that he plans to play basketball for the Hawkeyes, starting in 2019.
The 6-foot-8, 180-pound forward is regarded as one of the top two players in Iowa in the class of 2019 — along with Bettendorf's D.J. Carton — and is ranked as high as No. 30 nationally by Rivals.com and ESPN.
He averaged 13.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game as a high school sophomore last season, helping Iowa City West to a 23-3 record and the Class 4A state championship. He shot 60.6 percent from the field and 71.2 percent from the free throw line.
His older brother, Connor, also was a member of that team and will redshirt for the Hawkeyes this season while deciding whether to focus on baseball or basketball at the college level.
Patrick McCaffery was diagnosed with thyroid cancer as a seventh-grader in 2014 but underwent surgery and since has been pronounced cancer-free.
Iowa has two players committed for the class of 2018 — Joe Wieskamp of Muscatine and C.J. Fredrick of Covington, Kentucky. Both are expected to sign letters of intent in November.