With the news that Jarrod Uthoff will be joining the Iowa basketball program, it’s a good time to take a look at Iowa’s scholarship situation moving forward.
Uthoff must sit out the 2012-2013 season and he sat out last year as a redshirt for Wisconsin. Players have five years to play four, so when Uthoff can play in 2013-2014, he will be have three years remaining. That will put him in the same class with Iowa’s incoming recruits Adam Woodbury, Mike Gesell, Kyle Meyer, Anthony Clemmons and Patrick Ingram.
Here is how Iowa’s roster will look this year as it pertains to scholarship players:
Senior: Eric May
Juniors: Zach McCabe, Devyn Marble, Melsahn Basabe
Sophomores: Gable Olsaeni, Aaron White, Josh Oglesby
Freshmen: Woodbury, Gesell, Meyer, Clemmons, Ingram
That is 12 players and May will be a senior, so the number of scholarships available to award is two. You give one of those to Uthoff who will be on scholarship in the fall of 2013 and that leaves just one more open slot. Let’s look at the roster from the standpoint of position beyond this season.
Forwards: McCabe, Olaseni, Basabe, White, Uthoff, Meyer
Guards: Marble, Oglesby, Gesell, Clemmons, Ingram
Iowa could definitely use a slashing wing player who can shoot the ball. That would be my guess as to the direction Iowa goes with this one final ride. How about Peter Jok of Des Moines? Jok burst onto the scene a few years back and had some people thinking he would be the state’s next Harrison Barnes, but injuries have slowed him the past year.
One year from now, Iowa will have the scholarships of McCabe, Marble and Basabe to fill for the 2013-2014 class, so three rides available.