First, here is the release from the Hawkeyes on their granting a transfer release to Patrick Ingram followed by a few of my thoughts:
IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa head men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery announced today that guard Patrick Ingram (6-foot-2, 211 pounds) has asked for and has been granted his release from his scholarship to transfer to another school.
“Patrick is a tremendous person who was an integral part of our program last season,” said McCaffery. “Patrick indicated that he wants to be closer to home and we have granted his request. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”
The native of Indianapolis averaged six minutes, 0.9 points and 0.6 rebounds in 19 games off the bench as a freshman last season.
Iowa will return 11 letterwinners from a team that went 25-13 and earned NIT runner-up honors, while also adding redshirt freshman forward Kyle Meyer, sophomore swingman Jarrod Uthoff and freshman guard Peter Jok.
(end of release)
I don’t know that this is a shock to anyone in the Hawkeye Nation. Ingram had to stay back home in Indiana last summer to finish up some work, so he missed out on the Prime Time League and establishing that chemistry with his teammates. However the most significant aspect there is that he didn’t arrive in Iowa City in the kind of shape that his teammates were in given their involvement with the program last summer. Add to that the NCAA’s new rule that allowed coaches more time in the out of season with their players and Ingram came in behind the eight-ball.
While he showed some flashes in limited minutes last year, when the Big Ten season rolled around he rarely played and only then due to Devyn Marble’s ‘slump/injury’ or if players were in foul trouble. When you sat down and projected the backcourt minutes for 2013-2014, with Devyn Marble getting at least 32 and Mike Gessell with at least 25 if not closer to 30, we’re talking 20 to 25 minutes to cut up between Josh Oglesby, Peter Jok and possibly even some for Zach McCabe and Jarrod Uthoff who can swing out and play some three offensively.
This coming year, the minutes were not going to be there. Ingram knew that and felt that he needed to go play somewhere else. This is the sort of thing that happens to solid programs; players leave because of lack of playing time. This is much different than the three or four year stretch that saw Iowa’s best player transfer out of the program…from Tony Freeman, Jake Kelly, Jeff Peterson, Tyler Smith, Aaron Fuller and David Palmer who showed a lot of promise..they all left for reasons different than Ingram.