It was a relatively busy weekend of Hawkeye stories…or at least busy for a third week of July.
Iowa landed it’s 12th known verbal commitment when Ben Niemann of Sycamore, IL switched his verbal commitment from Northern Illinois to Iowa. Iowa offered Niemann at its football camp in June. He was a wide receiver commit for the Huskies but the Hawkeyes want him as a linebacker. His father is also the defensive coordinator at NIU, so he chose not to give any interviews at this time. Ben told The Gazette that he is 100% committed to Iowa. the Hawkeyes are up to 12 commitments now before the start of the football season. They are just one off last year’s blistering pace when they had 13 commitments by mid-July.
More in the football vein; here is a link to a very interesting NFL Draftable write up for the 2013 Iowa roster. While Iowa is not brimming with NFL talent right now, there are some players who may have a shot at the next level in the upper classes.
Iowa equipment manager Greg Morris did confirm the rumors that something was amiss with his son James in this ICPC link. It doesn’t sound like it was anything serious.
The PTL is over for another summer and Anthony Clemmons is your MVP. He led his team, sans Jarrod Uthoff, to the PTL title over a team led by Devyn Marble and Josh Oglesby.
Pat Harty has a write up on the state of Iowa’s basketball recruiting efforts at this link. Iowa has four scholarships to give as of right now.
And In Case You Missed It on the message boards where I posted it Friday, Iowa guard Mike Gesell will miss the next four to six weeks with a broken hand:
University of Iowa men’s basketball sophomore Mike Gesell is expected to miss 4-6 weeks after suffering a broken bone in his left, non-shooting hand, Thursday night during a summer league basketball game.
The South Sioux City, Neb., native guard started 30-of-34 games as a freshman, ranking third on the team in scoring (8.7 ppg), steals (40), and assists (89). Gesell (6-foot-2, 185 pounds) missed four games and was limited in other contests late in the season with a stress reaction in his right foot. Despite missing time, Gesell became the only Hawkeye freshman to post 295+ points, 85+ rebounds and 85+ assists in a season.
Iowa, who posted a 25-13 record a year ago and return 11 lettermen, is scheduled to travel overseas and play six exhibition games in mid-August. Gesell’s status for those games will be determined at a later date after further evaluation.