A couple of notes and videos from Sunday’s Prime Time League action:
Iowa freshman Melsahn Basabe continues to be a Prime Time League force, scoring 38 points and grabbing 13 rebounds in an overtime victory. He’s an electrifying dunker, which isn’t a bad thing for a team in search of pure athletes. There’s no doubt he’s got plenty of talent, although you have consider it’s June, not January.
Malcolm Moore, a sophomore at Tyler (Texas) Junior College, has improved in all levels of his game. He scored 16 points on Sunday and seems more well-rounded than last summer or at Iowa City High. He told me he met with Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery last week and has Iowa in his final four for his junior year. Others include Baylor, UTEP and Marquette. We’ll see if he gets to one of those schools. I’ll have more on him later in the week.
I really like Cedar Rapids Jefferson senior Jarrod Uthoff, who just recently was offered an Iowa scholarship. He scored seven points and grabbed six rebounds, but he did much more than statistics show. He was able to fight off grabs and holds on inbounds passes, made some strong moves in the post and competed inside. He’s quick and agile. He’s still fairly thin and needs to bulk up, but I think he can be a very good player at the next level.
Iowa freshman Zach McCabe is bigger, stronger and, frankly, better than I expected. He carries a physical presence inside and can shoot from the outside. He looks to play a versatile role with Iowa this year.
The new strength and conditioning program for Iowa has paid dividends for Matt Gatens and Eric May. Both look thinner and quicker on the court.
The PTL takes off for the rest of the week before resuming on Sunday. A nice matchup will be Devyn Marble’s squad against Basabe’s team.