2014-2015 Iowa Basketball Preview

Submitted by Padog on April 30th, 2014 at 4:00 PM


This is the point where the order of the standings gets even more blurry. With Michigan losing all of their players and Ohio State getting every transfer in college basketball, it is hard to predict. Because I am a homer I am gonna put Iowa here. Now Iowa was a team last year that could have finished first or 10th depending on the night. Towards the end of the season Iowa completely faded and went on a losing streak. Iowa loses Zack Novak esque Zach McCabe, Roy Devyn Marble, Melsahn Basabe, Darius Stokes, and Kyle Meyer. This means losing:

35% MPG

38% PPG

33% RPG

33% APG

40% SPG

22% BPG

That is quite a lot to replace, here is what they bring back:

#   Name                           HT    WT    YR    POS

30 Aaron White                6-9    220   SR.    PF

Probably Iowa's best player to be, he is their starting Power Forward. He is surprisingly athletic and if he can fix his shot, second team all B1G is not out of the question. This will be his team.

23 Okey Utah                    6-6    210    SR.   SF

May play in ten plus games this year, but will not be needed at the 2 or 3 unless foul trouble or injuries happens.

0  Gabriel Olaseni             6-10   225    SR.    C

The 6th man, came on towards the end of last year. Will probably get 20 plus minutes this year.

2  Josh Oglesby              6-5     208    SR.    SG

The sharpshooting Shooting Guard, Oglesby picked up well after getting injured early last year. He will take quite a bit of their shots this year.

13 Kyle Denning               6-1      160    SR.    PG

If he plays in every game this year I will be shocked.

34 Adam Woodbury         7-1      245    JR.     C

The starting Center, will play the other half of what Olaseni does not take. There are not many players in the frontcourt, he has a chance to emerge.

20 Jarrod Uthoff               6-9       208    JR.    SF

The starting Small Forward, is probably their third best three point shooter. Will do some things good and most things ok.

10 Mike Gesell                   6-1       190    JR.    PG

The starting Point Guard, will most likely make a pretty large jump since he has been starting for 2 years.

5  Anthony Clemmons        6-1       190     JR.   PG

The back-up one and two, disappointed some last year. Could make a jump and jump into the starting line-up, bumping Uthoff out.

3  Peter Jok                        6-6        200    SO.   SF

The back-up Small Forward, only played 3% of their minutes last year and I do not see a huge bump.

1  Trey Dickerson              6-2         180     SO.   PG

Will be the third string Point guard and maybe the third string Shooting Guard. He is from Juco.

25 Dominique Uhl             6-7         185      FR.   PF

A three star, the number 52 Power Forward in the country, not impressive for a player that needs to come in and give 10 minutes a game.

22 Brady Ellington           6-3          170      FR.   SG

A two star, the number 98 Shooting Guard in the country, that is not good for Iowa. They need him for about 5 to 10 minutes a game and he does not look to be polished.

Here is the projected starting line-up:

Point Guard: Mike Gesell

Shooting Guard: Josh Oglesby

Small Forward: Jarrod Uthoff

Power Forward: Aaron White

Center: Adam Woodbury 

Michigan plays Iowa at home next year. It could be a relatively easy game as Iowa can play amazing or horrible on any given night.

This is a pretty experienced team that does not have much depth. I have them this high because a seven man rotation can still actually do some damage. I think Iowa will go 10-8 in the B1G Ten next year which is good enough for 6th place. 

Next up... Michigan