Here are some of my impressions of Sunday’s Prime Time League action:
Iowa freshman point guard Mike Gesell (14 points, nine assists) is a terrific ballhandler and distributor. Yes, he’s only a freshman and it’s way too early to make long-term comparisons, but there’s so much to like about his game. He can dribble himself out of trouble, he can score, he looks for open teammates and he competes on every possession. Barring injury, there’s no reason why he won’t walk in as the starter from day one.
Iowa freshman post Adam Woodbury scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds Sunday. He’s faced some tough competition in his first two games with former Hawkeye center Jarryd Cole in the opener and long-time pro Dain Swetalla on Sunday. Although Woodbury is 7-foot-1 and has more upside than Cole or Swetalla, both players are strong, physical and know the game. It will help Woodbury immensely this summer to face experienced players to help acclimate him to the Big Ten’s rugged post play.
Iowa sophomore shooting guard Josh Oglesby has bulked up and is getting his shot off quicker. At times last year Iowa coach Fran McCaffery would light into Oglesby if he passed up an open shot. Now Oglesby is hitting them with regularity. Sunday, he connected on 6-of-9 3-point shots for 20 points.
Jarrod Uthoff is a smooth, consistent, athletic player who will become an immediate asset for Iowa when he’s eligible in 2013-14. He hit 5-of-7 shots from the field, played good defense and was always in control with or without the basketball. He had nine rebounds and appeared never out of position.
Iowa senior Eric May scored 17 points and seems closer to getting back to form. He’s the team’s strongest player and has rebounded from a back injury he suffered midway through last season.
Iowa junior guard Devyn Marble is using this summer to work on his jump shot and fadeaways. Sunday, he drove to the rim only when his team needed the points late in the game. He finished with 34 points and knocked down four 3-pointers. He was 8-of-12 from the field.