Iowa grad-transfer Isaiah Moss decommits from Hogs, reopens recruitment

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Iowa Hawkeyes guard Isaiah Moss (4) drives into the lane during a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on January 4, 2018. (Tork Mason/hawkeyesports.com)

By Kevin McPherson

LITTLE ROCK — Iowa grad-transfer Isaiah Moss decommitted from Arkansas on Friday, just 23 days after his May 15 commitment to the Hogs and head coach Eric Musselman. 

“After much thought and deliberation with my family, I have made the difficult decision to re-open my recruitment,” Moss said via Twitter on Friday. “I would like to thank the coaching staff at the University of Arkansas for all they have done for me. I am hopeful and excited for what the future holds for me.”

Moss (6-5 wing, Chicago native, fourth-year starter in 2018-19 at Iowa) had not yet joined the Razorbacks, who returned to Fayetteville for the start of summer school on May 27. Per sources, Moss was to remain at Iowa to complete course work to graduate before formally joining the Hogs at the start of the fall semester in August. 

Moss, ranked No. 19 among ESPN.com’s Top 50 grad-transfer prospects, announced his intentions to transfer from Iowa on May 2 before visiting Arkansas with his parents over the weekend of May 10-12. He immediately followed his stop in Fayetteville with a visit to Kansas. He also considered visits to Arizona State and Oregon and was reportedly receiving interest from Louisville, Minnesota, Cincinnati, Iowa State, and Illinois.

The news of Moss’s decommitment coincided with Arkansas hosting another grad-transfer on an official visit Friday — Virginia Tech forward / center Kerry Blackshear, Jr., who ESPN ranked as the No. 1 grad-transfer in the nation.

Moss also used Twitter to announce his commitment to Arkansas in mid-May.

“I want to thank all the coaches that have taken the time to show interest in me,” Moss said in a statement he released on May 15. “I feel truly blessed to have experienced this whole process. I want to thank my family and friends for being with me during this time and providing me with the best support. With that being said, I have decided to continue my athletic and educational pursuits at the University of Arkansas, and I look forward my future as a Razorback!”

Arkansas’s men’s basketball scholarship numbers currently stand at 14, one over the NCAA allotted 13. If redshirt-sophomore guard Khalil Garland — who in two years at Arkansas has not been cleared to play — moves to a medical hardship, it would free up his basketball scholarship and consequently Arkansas would be at the maximum of 13 scholarship players on the roster.

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