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Bill Seaberg was calm and confident under pressure on the basketball court.

Those traits helped the University of Iowa's 1955-56 "Fabulous Five" basketball team record the first 20-win season in school history, win a second straight Big Ten title, and finish as national-runner-up to San Francisco.

The five senior starters on that team — Seaberg, Bill Logan, Carl Cain, Sharm Scheuerman, and Bill Schoof — had their numbers retired after the season.

Seaberg's No. 22 hasn't appeared for 63 seasons and 1,845 games, but that's about to change. Seaberg has agreed to let incoming freshman forward Patrick McCaffery wear No. 22 starting next season. Once Patrick's Iowa career ends, the number will go back into retirement.

When Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery was at Siena, son Patrick's favorite player was Ryan Rossiter. He wore No. 22, so that became Patrick's favorite number.

But this is a story that runs deeper than a favorite number.

"Way deeper than that," Patrick said. "It's not just a number. No way. It's always going to mean a lot to me."

Patrick and Austin "Flash" Schroeder attended North Central (Iowa) Junior High together. Austin, a year older, favored baseball. Patrick's sport was basketball. Austin's favorite number was also 22.

And cancer touched both of their lives.

Patrick had surgery on March 19, 2014, to remove a tumor on his thyroid. On that same day, while on a family spring break trip to Mexico, Austin discovered a large lump in his groin.

Two days after Patrick's surgery, doctors informed his family that the tumor was malignant. A second surgery was scheduled in April. That month, Austin started chemotherapy for T-Cell lymphoma.

Austin was 15 when he passed away on April 28, 2015. Patrick is a cancer survivor. He wore No. 22 throughout his Iowa City West career, when he passed former Hawkeye Glen Worley as the Trojans' career scoring leader.

But wearing No. 22 is also a way for Patrick to honor his friend, Flash. Thanks to Seaberg's kindness, that tribute will continue in college.

Iowa assistant coach Kirk Speraw, who knows Seaberg, was the first to reach out to the former Hawkeye and see if he would consider making his number available.

"According to Kirk, he's an outstanding kid as well as a good basketball player," said Seaberg, who lives in Evergreen, Colorado.

Seaberg agreed to let Patrick wear it, with the stipulation that it return to retired status after McCaffery's playing career ends at Iowa.

"I thought if it would be helpful to the kid and mentally makes him stronger and a better player, that's what I want to do," Seaberg said.

Patrick wrote Seaberg a letter, explaining what No. 22 means to him.

"He wanted to honor his friend and also honor my number at the same time," Seaberg said. "If that makes him a better player, then that's great for Iowa basketball."

Patrick said that writing the letter stirred memories of his late friend.

"I've been able to come to peace with it and remember what a special number it is," Patrick said.

He added that Seaberg's permission to wear the number "means everything. That number is special to me and now I get to wear it at the next level. Mr. Seaberg is a great man. He was very generous in letting me wear that number."

Fran McCaffery appreciates Seaberg's act of kindness.

"It was amazing when I talked to Bill, how it made me feel," coach McCaffery said. "It's important to him that his number is retired and he earned that right. I think when Patrick presented to Bill the circumstances around the number, he felt strongly that Patrick should have the opportunity to wear that number."

So, No. 22 will be back, more than six decades after Seaberg scored 17 points in the national championship game March 23, 1956, in Evanston, Illinois. That is something Seaberg said he'll feel good about, "as long as he does it in good faith and respects the number and what it stands for."

That request for respect has been heard.

"That's important to Bill, because he wore it with respect," coach McCaffery said. "If anybody else is going to wear it, you want that person to wear it with the same ideology that he had, the same approach, and the same professionalism.

"I'm thrilled that Bill was excited to do it. He didn't have to be talked into it. He thought, 'You know, this is the right thing to do.' The beauty of it is when Patrick's done, it will go back to being retired."
Great story. I cannot wait for IowaFan to bitch and complain about Patrick's career at Iowa.
It is a nice story. I’m fully on record that I am not optimistic about his iowa future but I desperately want to be wrong. I like his attitude I just can’t envision a position for him.
 

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What are your expectations of Pat?
High energy bench guy that uses his length to defend and disrupt his freshman year.

Depending on his development, maybe he surprises and can be a legit SF and start his sophomore year and Wieskamp slides to SG. Toussaint / Wieskamp / Patrick / Nunge / Garza

The more realistic scenario is he continues to be a high energy bench player his 2nd year and then is starting as a Jr/Sr.
 
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Great story. I cannot wait for IowaFan to bitch and complain about Patrick's career at Iowa.
It is a nice story. I’m fully on record that I am not optimistic about his iowa future but I desperately want to be wrong. I like his attitude I just can’t envision a position for him.
Aaron White and Nicholas Baer. For like 7 years of Fran's tenure we've had players who have had success with many physical similarities. Now imagine that he's way more skilled and athletic than Baer was and probably ahead of where White was. He probably weighs something like 10-15 pounds less right now than White did when he got here.

I'm also not sure that you desperately want to be wrong. You've been saying Patrick won't be any good for a couple of years and have been crazy over the top on the Connor/Fran nepotism angle. More than nolook.
 

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I've said for about 3 years now that Patrick reminds me a lot of Sam Dekker. He is a bit thinner than Dekker in high school, but even more athletic. It won't shock me if Patrick is eventually as good as Dekker was.

 

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I've said for about 3 years now that Patrick reminds me a lot of Sam Dekker. He is a bit thinner than Dekker in high school, but even more athletic. It won't shock me if Patrick is eventually as good as Dekker was.

Jesus. That dude was good.
 

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Great story. I cannot wait for IowaFan to bitch and complain about Patrick's career at Iowa.
It is a nice story. I’m fully on record that I am not optimistic about his iowa future but I desperately want to be wrong. I like his attitude I just can’t envision a position for him.
Aaron White and Nicholas Baer. For like 7 years of Fran's tenure we've had players who have had success with many physical similarities. Now imagine that he's way more skilled and athletic than Baer was and probably ahead of where White was. He probably weighs something like 10-15 pounds less right now than White did when he got here.

I'm also not sure that you desperately want to be wrong. You've been saying Patrick won't be any good for a couple of years and have been crazy over the top on the Connor/Fran nepotism angle. More than nolook.
I don’t think I’ve been down in him for that long and i would feel better if he would redshirt but I will admit that I could be jilted because I couldn’t stand watching Connor this year. I didn’t realize I was in nolook territory though.

What are your expectations of him? Similar to Doug’s?
 

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I've said for about 3 years now that Patrick reminds me a lot of Sam Dekker. He is a bit thinner than Dekker in high school, but even more athletic. It won't shock me if Patrick is eventually as good as Dekker was.

Jesus. That dude was good.
I watched that video and thought Dekker looked way smoother but you see Patrick as more athletic. Regardless there are some similarities there. I had never seen Dekker high school clips before
 
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I've said for about 3 years now that Patrick reminds me a lot of Sam Dekker. He is a bit thinner than Dekker in high school, but even more athletic. It won't shock me if Patrick is eventually as good as Dekker was.

If Patrick ends up being anywhere close to the player Dekker was at Wisconsin, that would be OK with me.
 

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One thing is certain, Sam Dekker is a faggot.
 
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Sherm is now following Notre Dame transfer guard DJ Harvey on Twitter. Harvery averaged 11ppg and 4rp on a bad Fighting Irish team. He was a sophomore last year.
 
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Looks like he's following Luka Garza. DC area native so that's the connection. He wears short shorts, and isn't as pasty as most on Iowa's roster.

Sign him up Fran
 

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That Hurt kid from MN committed to Duke.
His team got their asses handed to them in the section final. They lost by 34 points to Lakeville North led by Badger recruit Tyler Wahl.

Hurt had to be glad to see most of the Duke starters declare.
 

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I have no inside sources like some of the experts around here, but I have a feeling Moss is going to grad transfer after this season. I probably would if I were him after being a forgotten man time and time again.
This is fucking ridiculous, not because it couldn’t happen, but because of the reasoning why.
From Jan 19. Please feel free to eat my butt. Fucking pwned.
 

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I have no inside sources like some of the experts around here, but I have a feeling Moss is going to grad transfer after this season. I probably would if I were him after being a forgotten man time and time again.
This is fucking ridiculous, not because it couldn’t happen, but because of the reasoning why.
From Jan 19. Please feel free to eat my butt. Fucking pwned.
Actually, I turned out to be right on that.
 

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I had a feeling two weeks ago(!!) when Moss was subletting his apartment on his Instagram.

It’s a hit offensively, but Iowa should always be great to elite on offense while Fran is here. Hopefully Toussaint is ready to roll and the rumors about CJ Fredrick are legit. Fran is going to need both.
 

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I’m not sure I give a shit Moss is leaving. I probably like him more than most but I’m rewsdy to see what the team looks like without him and cook. Obviously more white but the extended minutes of guys already in the roster or incoming should be interesting
 

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Penny, Mike Miller, Sam Mitchell and staff are KILLING 2019 recruiting. Just got a commit from another 5* in Precious Achiuwa. Now have 7 of the top 108 players in the country committed (including #1) PLUS the #1 grad transfer. Gotta be pissing off some of the blue-bloods. (like ISU, har har)

https://247sports.com/college/memphis/Season/2019-Basketball/Commits/

Also, their coaching staff is loaded with former star players even more than I realized. https://gotigersgo.com/coaches.aspx?path=mbball&
 

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I didn’t realize hardaway was the head coach there
 

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Memphis is usually a pretty clean athletic program. This is shocking to me.
 

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Not Iowa related but his top three included Kansas so fuck them
 

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I love this move. I hope it works out and more of these 1 and done type players go this route.
 
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