Unlike college football, there's usually not much of an uphill battle for true freshmen to see the floor right away. Iowa has a talented and deep incoming recruiting class that are now on campus and a few of them will be high-impact contributors from the first tip-off. One I expect to deliver a significant impact is guard Andrew Fleming. His scoring ability has been covered pretty well already but his size and physical maturation is what impressed me. At 6-foot-5 and around 200 pounds he won't be at much of a disadvantage when it comes to length and size. There's a difference in looking physical and being physical so some time in the weight room will obviously need to be completed but he's someone with a pretty tremendous ceiling of potential.
He's a Nashville, Tennessee native but played for notorious prep powerhouse Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. The Hawkeyes have four contributing seniors in Adam Woodbury, Mike Gesell, Jarrod Uthoff, and Anthony Clemmons. Two other main contributors are junior Peter Jok and sophomore Dom Uhl. Dale Jones has arrived to the program and could see some playing time as well because of his rebounding.
That's a lot of bodies to go with five incoming freshmen and the redshirt freshmen in Brady Ellingson and Nicholas Baer.
However, an ability to score the ball, being aggressive, and a commitment to defense is the ultimate recipe in earning the trust of Hawkeye head coach Fran McCaffery, regardless of class. Fleming may check all of those boxes.
"I don't know what will be asked of me yet," Fleming told Scout at Iowa Media Day. "Something will be. I just want to be a consistent scorer. I want to be consistent, period. I want coach to know he can put me out there with a lot of trust. I'm going to go out there and do what he wants and more, and make plays. I just want to help the team win. I want to be a consistent young guy for him."
Of the five freshmen, there's probably an opportunity for about only three to see meaningful minutes this year, possibly four. The Hawkeyes are deep. Count on one of those to be Andrew Fleming, though. He won't be bashful on the offensive end, either.
"I'm going to take shots with a lot of confidence," Fleming pointed out. "I"m going to take them and I'm not going to turn them down. And I'm going to make them."
There's a ton of guys on this team," he added. "I don't know what's going to happen with all that. But we're mixing well together. We've got a lot of potential."
His teammates have said that he's the freshman that can certainly fill it up on the stat sheet. Fleming agrees that it's what he can bring to Iowa immediately. He's a dynamic threat in transition at leading the break, can knock down shots from anywhere on the court, and has the vision to find others and the ability to create when needed.
"Yeah, for sure," Fleming agreed about his role as an offensive weapon. "I just want to stay focused on the season. I want to get ready to play hard. I'm ready to roll the ball out there and start playing."
The freshmen class is also composed of guard Isaiah Moss, post player Ahmad Wagner, forward Brandon Hutton, and fellow guard Christian Williams. They all bring a little something different to the table according to Fleming.
"I think Isaiah (Moss) is really good," he shared. "He's really shifty and can make a lot of stuff happen. Ahmad (Wagner) is already impressing the coaches with how well he can screen. In film, he's really good. He's setting screens on guys and getting guys open. Brandon (Hutton) plays really hard on defense. We have a ton of good guyson our team. I'm really looking forward to it."