Patrick McCaffery: Five Questions About Him Answered

Patrick McCaffery

Patrick McCaffery, born on March 20, 2000, in Iowa City, Iowa State, United States, is the Iowa City West High School’s all-time leading scorer.

Patrick was born to Iowa’s head men’s basketball coach, Fran McCaffrey, and an All-American winning basketball player at Notre Dame, Margaret McCaffrey. He was raised alongside his siblings; Connor, John, and Marit McCaffrey.

Patrick McCaffery: Career

In 2019, Patrick made it as a finalist for the 2019 Des Moines Register’s All-Iowa Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year, and also for the 2019 Cedar Rapids Gazette Male Athlete of the Year. According to,  he ranked as the 60th-best recruit in the nation.

In 2017, He led West High School to the 2017 4A State Championship; state runner-up finishes in 2016 and 2018; state tournament appearance in 2019…

During his four-year career, he won a combined 86 games winning 21 or more games all four seasons. For his obvious impressive performances, he was opportune to serve as a two-time team captain (2018, 2019);  first-team all-state, all-conference, and the all-sub state as a junior and senior and second-team all-state, first-team all-conference, and the first-team all-sub state as a sophomore…

He averaged 25.1 points per game (58.2 field goal percentage) and 7.6 rebounds as a senior, 19.9 points and six rebounds per game as a junior, and 13.8 points and five rebounds as a sophomore.

During his prep career, he shot better the basketball better than 50 percent, he was a three-year starter and four-year letter winner.

However, he is a member of the USA Basketball 3-on-3 Youth Olympics team that competed in Brazil in October 2018 which prompted his being invited for the USA Basketball U18 Trials. He got selected to compete for the US All-Stars at the Capital Hoops Classic in Washington, D.C., registering 10 points, five rebounds, and two assists in a starting role. And in the summer of 2019, competed on D1 Minnesota’s AAU team.

Patrick McCaffery beat cancer

According to a report on March 8, 2017, by Matthew Bain, Connor learned Patrick had cancer on March 21, 2014. The day after Patrick’s 14th birthday.

Being a  freshman at West at the time, Connor was on his way home from school with his friend Nate Disterhoft. He was supposed to go somewhere when he got home — he doesn’t remember where. The only vivid memory he has if was receiving the devastating news from his mom through the phone.

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Two days prior, Patrick had part of his thyroid removed. There was a tumor on it. Biopsies hadn’t revealed anything, so doctors needed to remove it to test if the tumor was malignant.

Patrick was diagnosed with thyroid cancer as a seventh-grader.

He underwent iodine treatment after having the rest of his thyroid removed. He would take pills filled with radioactive iodine to hopefully target and expunge any lingering cancer.

But, in effect, he became radioactive and had to remain isolated in the basement. Fran, Connor, Jack and their sister, Marit, moved to a hotel for a while. After a few days, Margaret could be in the same room as Patrick, but she had to stay at least 6 feet away. Nearly two months later, on June 13, a scan showed no cancer. Patrick had beaten it.

Personal Life – Family relationship

Having been born into a sports inclined family, having a passion for Sports, didn’t come as a surprise. In fact, it was somewhat expected of him to follow the pace which was already set by not just his parents, but elder brother, Connor as well.

His father popularly recognized as Fran McCaffrey was born Francis John McCaffery. He is an American college basketball coach and the current men’s basketball head coach at the University of Iowa. He has taken four Division I programs to postseason tournaments, including the Iowa Hawkeyes, who reached the final of the 2013 National Invitation Tournament.

While, his mother, Margaret McCaffery, formerly Margaret Nowlin, is 51, and a graduate of Notre Dame Margaret McCaffery is 12th on Notre Dame’s career scoring list and sixth on its career rebounding list. She also played professionally overseas.

Connor McCaffrey, who asides being a big brother, is an Iowa senior guard who has been a two-sport athlete. He is currently with the Hawkeyes for basketball, but he also joined Iowa’s baseball team for the fall schedule.

Body Stats

Patrick weighs a total of 91kg, while he stands at a tall height of 2.06 m, which is approximately 6’9 feet.

Image source: Sports Illustrated