Iowa forward Jarrod Uthoff has excited fans with his poise on the court and the smooth way in which he plays the game.
More importantly, he’s also impressed his teammates. Here’s a sample of the comments a few have said about Uthoff:
“Jarrod’s an outside guy, also can drive it,” Iowa senior forward Zach McCabe said. “We just have a bunch of depth and that’s kind of what you need in a team.
“Jarrod’s been playing really well this summer and obviously he can hit outside shots. He creates match-up problems for those guys inside.”
Iowa sophomore guard Mike Gesell also likes what Uthoff can bring to the court.
“He’s a match-up nightmare for opposing teams,” Mike Gesell said. “He’s 6-9, 6-10, long, tremendous shooter. He’ll be able to create some match-up problems for us. He can defend, too, so he’s really going to help us out this year.”
Uthoff has not played in a competitive game since his senior year at Cedar Rapids Jefferson. After averaging 26.2 points a game, Uthoff was named the state’s Mr. Basketball in 2011 before heading to Wisconsin. He red-shirted his first season, then elected to transfer. In a high-profile dust-up, he ultimately chose Iowa but was restricted from receiving a scholarship.
Last year he was not allowed to travel and spent four days a week in the weight room. He also left a good impression on his Iowa teammates with his work ethic.
“This past season he was in the gym every day,” McCabe said. “He was working on his game. There wasn’t a time where he sat and watched the game just getting ready. Just talking to him, he’s sick of sitting out so far. He wants to play.”
As part of its foreign trip, the Hawkeyes will face the London Lions on Aug. 14 at Copper Box Arena. It’s the first basketball game held at the venue since the 2012 Olympics.
SI’s Andy Glockner has done a terrific job of covering the U.S. World University Games tryouts. Iowa’s Aaron White is a finalist. You can read his work here.