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Year one: Basabe
Year two: White
Year three: Clemmons
Year four: Jok is the only real recruit and Uthoff is unknown but both should contribute right away.
I think with what IA have in the pipeline, IA should be winning the interstate series favorably.
Now, we should see that the losses with WSU and VT are not too bad. I think IA should run the table on the remaining nonconference games. Good thing the first BTN game is at Carver against #1 Indiana, they should be very hyped up for that game to do well.
Basketball at IA is fun again... Go Hawks!
Clemmons is really coming into his own, and I love it. The 2 pg line up is working well.
Also, I think Fran knew Iowa could struggle shooting the 3 and that's why Jok became his #1 so quickly. The guy (forgot his name) that they told they were no longer recruiting was also a good 3 shooter, so his focus was definitely on shooting the ball.
"I was brought in here to change the culture. I'm going to coach with passion" - Fran McCaffery.
Word of advice, this is still a young team...don't count your chickens before they come home to roost.
I like the direction of the program and I'm as optimistic as the next person. BUT, Hoiberg has something going in Ames as well and I think the rivalry is going to be very competitive. I don't look forward going into Ames next year and facing a front line of Niang, Gibson, and Ejam. He's got a couple of JC guards coming in.
We lose May, a solid contributor but replaceable. We add Utoff and Jok. We will be even deeper than we are this year.
Hoiberg is a good young coach and he will make ISU relevant and dangerous; however, IA has more team chemistry and good talents playing longer together. If the transfers had a year or more of playing together than it would have been a different game.
I like IA's chances since they have a more stable group that plays longer together.
I think Iowa can easily lay an egg in any of their upcoming games, especially at Des Moines against UNI. Hopefully they come prepared to battle.
I'm pretty bummed about losing out on Niang to ISU. He's the real deal.
Niang was productive, reminded me of a less lethal version of McDermot Jr. If we had gotten Niang, then would IA lose on Clemmons or Ingram? I forget which one was the last offer. The first ones were Meyer, Gesell, and Woodbury.
Agreed here. They also have two top 100 guards committed for 2013. I love how competitive this game was and how competitive it figures to be in the future.
Kind of a agree with Herkuleez, however, I will say that I think the I.S.U. win, giving Iowa the chance to get to 11 wins, prior to Big Ten season start is pretty huge. This 2012-13 team is probably going to be ranked going into the Big Ten season. If they can defend the Home court, well, as they did Friday night, the Hawkeyes could be Dancing in March.
That being said, next year, Fran adds Jarrod Uthoff, Peter Jok and Kyle Meyer to his roster and only has Eric May as a
senior graduating. That's going to present real challenges to find enough playing time for all the talented players that this
Coaching staff has assembled in their relatively short tenure.
The Hawkeyes can still shoot the ball better than they did against the Clones. If they do, look out Hawkeye fans.
'Texan by birth, Hawkeye by the Grace of God'
I think Iowa State is still a tournament team this year. We all know they have the talent, they just need to work out some of the kinks. Last year was very similar for them, had a bad loss to Drake early on but really hit their stride in Big 12 play. I'm expecting much the same this year.
I didn't get to see the second half but I hear Ingram got in. Any thoughts on how he played. He was the recruit I was most interested in because I didn't feel like there was much written about him.
I don't recall him playing. If he did, he didn't make a substantial impact.
Agreed, and shooting from behind the arc in particular must improve...at least Oglesby showed a glimmer last night
I haven't seen Jok play in person, but I've watched videos, including his games this year and the kid is going to be a star.
I'm not really sure. I believe when Niang announced Iowa's only commit was Meyer. Iowa also had an open scholly so they could have taken 6 and not Jok. I think Jok will be very good though so I guess it won't matter.
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Time sheet said he got 1 minute. I missed it though, somehow.
Very true, it also would have been a different game if Royce White hadn't gone pro early. This should be an entertaining game in the coming years.
Great point about the potential of this team in 2013-14. Having so much talent and depth would be a great problem for Fran to have.
Jok had games with over 30+ pts in two early games, although Valley lost to Ankeny (they had four players in double figures) by a last second shot. He will be a great addition to IA.
To the trolls, thanks for the down votes!
There is a lot to be excited about when it comes to IA basketball, especially in comparison to the frustrating years under Lick, and the general sense underachiement we all felt with Steve. The list of positives is endless: team depth, the quality of recruits, the style of play, the team spirit, quality of coaching, etc. However, I think the only way we can be dancing in March is if Adam transforms into a Big 10 caliber center soon - unfortunately, I doubt that that transformation would happen this year - his upside is huge, and I think ultimately, both he and Mike G will be first team big 10 honorees - but not this year! Having watched IA for more than 30 years, I don't mind waiting another year as long as I know the promised land is near!
Given how strong the BTN is this year, 8 teams minimum should make it to the Dance. I am confident that IA will be dancing, so no need to wait for another year HL ;0).
Ok. I'll drink to that! :)
Great points all around here. As you said, the great thing is that even if Iowa doesn't make the Big Dance this year, this squad should be even better next year.
ISU is graduating 4 starters. Hoiberg is a good coach, but he has to stop relying on other teams' sloppy seconds.
ISU has a good chance of finishing 2nd in the B12. It is not as competitive a conference as the B1G.
lol. because iowa's freshman have lots of experience playing together?
I think that approach is coming to an end. It was out of necessity early on in Hoiberg's tenure due to their depleted roster, but I don't see ISU building an entire roster on transfers anymore. I think Hoiberg will still utilize a transfer here and there to fill a spot, but won't use them too extensively. Already, Hoiberg is proving to be a good recruiter and has put together two consecutive really good classes at Iowa State. I would expect that to continue as Hoiberg continues to improve the program at ISU. Also, ISU only graduates 3 starters as (Lucious, Clyburn, and Babb). Booker was a starter IIRC, but has since been replaced.
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