IOWA CITY, Iowa – Connor McCaffery missed the Iowa men's basketball team's annual media day event earlier this month because of a scheduling conflict with Iowa baseball, so he sort of held his own press conference on Tuesday.
The 6-foot-5 sophomore point guard, who is the son of Iowa coach Fran McCaffery, addressed multiple topics, including the challenge of playing both basketball and baseball at Iowa, becoming a better 3-point shooter and adjustng to the new players in the backcourt.
Connor told reporters on Tuesday that he has a chip on his shoulder entering the season because of all the doubters with Tyler Cook, Isaiah Moss and Nicholas Baer no longer on the team, and with senior point guard Jordan Bohannon still recovering from hip surgery.
"Nobody really respects me going into this season," Connor McCaffery said. "You haven't seen a lot of people talking about everybody that played last year. So I think we're definitely coming in with a chip on our shoulder. And I think everybody is going to show what they're really capable of."
Asked if he likes having a chip on his shoulder, Connor said:
"Definitely. Definitely. Last year, it was a little bit different just in terms of everybody's role and going in people knew what to expect. But this year, I don't think people really understand what everybody is going to bring."
One of the newcomers on the team is Connor's younger brother, Patrick McCaffery, a 6-9 freshman forward.
"I'm definitely excited to get back on the court with Patrick," Connor said. "He's playing real well."
Connor McCaffery missed media day because he was playing in an exhibition game with the Iowa baseball team at the same time.
Here are four videos of Connor from Tuesday's interview: