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a couple of months ago when the hawks were losing tough games with alarming frequency we lamented the absence of a true go-to guy who could answer a run with a basket or knock down free throws to protect a lead. now--as it turns out--iowa does have such a guy--young mr. marble. maybe if he hadn't blasted his toe earlier this winter we would have seen this sooner. maybe it just took this long. there were some good performances tonight--but there have been at least some good performances all year long. the difference tonight was marble. a go-to guy in the crunch. so neccessary. so easy to imagine. so hard to come by.
After watching the DVR game, Marble made at least two critical step back jump shots, drive, dunk, & 1, and some 3s to keep UVA guessing on his shot selections. He has been the complete player we hope he can be from now and he will earn at least a first team selection in the B1G next year. We just hope the others mature as well, esp. Woody, Basabe, White, Oglesby, and McCabe. With Uthoff, Jok, and Meyer next year, IA's bench will be the deepest and most productive bench in the NCAA.
So does Marble start at PG for us next year? He seems to do his best when he has the ball and is running the offense. Gesell could move over to the 2 spot offensively and they could switch on the defensive end?
Those turn around shots he hit in the paint tonight were unreal.
I would love for Marble to run point next year. That's where he seems to do his best, and Gesell is definitely able to play the 2 even though he's short for that position. It wouldn't be a big deficit because Iowa is deep with height next year.
"I was brought in here to change the culture. I'm going to coach with passion" - Fran McCaffery.
exactly playing the 2 for Gesell shouldn't be a problem he has played it just as much as PG. He played SG on their AAU team and was extremely successful.
yup, as a practical matter at least.. no matter the labels, dev will have the ball in his hands as often as possible. this makes sense tactically--plus, i assume coach will do all he can to advance the sense that it is dev's team.
I agree and the team seems to know who the go to guy is. Every time the shot clock ran down the team knew to find Marble and he took it upon himself to make his own shot. That is exactly what this team needed.
Marble may have played his best game as a Hawkeye last night, all aspects of play considered. Great all-around game. The issue with him all season long has been consistency, but we may now be seeing improvement there as well. We need him to show up since he is the only player right now that can create his own shot when needed.
As for next season, I'm not sure it really matters whether Dev is listed as the PG or not. He'll have the ball in his hands a lot, and Fran has already stated that he intends that to be the case. Gesell's style of play is more suited to the two-spot, so that's not really an issue. He's a bit of a tweener, but I like him coming off of screens, then popping, or driving and dishing. He has a great feel for what to do with the ball, but probably isn't explosive enough to dominate at PG.
I look for next season to be quite similar to what we are seeing right now, with Marble, Gesell and Clemmons all rotating at PG at various points throughout the game depending upon match-ups and who's in a groove. Of course, we'll have Oglesby and Jok rotating in off the bench to provide an outside threat as well.
Agree with Silver, here.........it's a practical matter and does not really matter which of our 3 guards is called 'point guard'
They will be inter-changeable, be able to pick each other up and swing to 1 or 2, whatever the defense gives.
Have to commend Fran, Kirk Speraw and the staff for sticking with Anthony Clemmons, last nite. He had 3 terrible TO's in a row, but with
2 minutes left, the Coaches' still had Clemmons out there bringing the ball up and he did an admirable job, knocking down clutch Free Throws.
Ask Aaron Craft how hard those late minute free throw are (in ISU game, Craft choked a bunch of em late, then bailed himself out).
'Texan by birth, Hawkeye by the Grace of God'
It's hard to not think about what could've been had Marble been healthy all year. You guys are exactly right, he's stepped up as a go-to guy.
What if Dev decides to turn pro after a successful time in NYC?
That or he just likes the NIT.
No doubt. His last 4 NIT games have been some of his best games as a Hawkeye. If healthy next season, he should have a great year and get NBA attention. Being able to run the point will really help his stock.
you evil man for bringing this up. ok, ok--i'd thought of it, too. i assume the issue would be his projected draft status. i know he's said he'll return, but if he has good reason to believe he'll be drafted early he'll go. i'm just not certain that he will climb the draft charts fast enuf to justify an early departure. i'm quite certain he could improve as a hawk next year--but understand this isn't exactly the point. i'm guessing that the nba draft nabobs would like to see a whole season comparable to dev's recent play before spending a first round choice on him, but... hope so.
While Marble's NIT performance has been impressive, dominating teams such as Indians St, Stony Brook, and Virginia aren't going to raise his draft stock enough for it to be worth his while to leave, IMO.
He's already said he'll be a Hawkeye next year. I really don't think the NBA was ever his goal this year.
I'd agree with that.
i only sort of agree with this. i think his goal is "nba as soon as possible." that's consistent with what he said last fall--as well as what he said a few weeks ago.
at d beginning of d season, yes. but got a reality chk. knows he has things to work on. besides, its exciting now so he wants to lead d hawks deep into d big dance next year. leave with another marble legacy.
Uh..no. Gesell will be at the PG next year. When its Clemmons and Gesell in the backcourt, Gesell will slide to the 2 guard, because hes better at it then Clemmons is.
When Marble has the ball next year, he won't be looking to dish the ball...he'll be looking to score. That's his job. What's been lacking this year is his ability to create his own shot. That was a result of his toe injury. He had no explosiveness. Clearly he was brought back before it was fully healed, cuz he struggled mightily with it. Now that its healed, we are seeing what he can do.
How quickly everyone has forgotten how efficient Gesell can be at the PG spot. Clemmons in at PG vs MSU in the B1G tourney should tell everyone how valuable Gesell is to the offense. His foot injury is what cost Iowa the game vs MSU, not the refs.
Nobody has forgot how good Gesell was, he did a great job just last night. They/I are/am looking at how Marble is playing while at the point. He has been great and Gesell fits at either the 1 or the 2.
I'm not sure it's a question of whether or not Marble would look to distribute more than score, but rather that since he's our best player, it may be beneficial to have him as the primary ball handler.
That's true. I should have said "realistically." I think even he knew the NBA was a stretch after his junior year.
This. Gesell will be productive everywhere on the court. Clemmons will be coming of the bench regardless, so I don't think it matters much if Marble starts at the 1 over him. Plus, Marble has been much more productive at the 1 in his career than anywhere else. If you're trying to max your productivity, Marble at the point would make sense.
Yes, he cannot go back on his word.
Nick 'I'm going to be in Miami' Saban
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