The Iowa basketball team is going to look much different this year. They're a much smaller team this year without the services of Aaron White and Gabe Olaseni. With that could come a different approach.
They'll have to find ways to guard the post when Adam Woodbury isn't in the game. He's going to be asked to play significantly more minutes this season but the depth in the paint will be an item they'll have to discuss. They do have a few options in mind already.
"Dom Uhl is a different player physically," head coach Fran McCaffery said at the Hawkeyes' media day. "So it's Dom and Ahmad (Wagner) more than it is Dale (Jones). We're going to have front (guys in the post) more. We're going to have to run more. We can have fresh bodies on the floor. One thing we do have is a lot of depth. We need to use those fresh legs."
In the past, Iowa has been just average behind the three-point arc. Mike Gesell has been the man at point guard but he's more of a floor general type player while Anthony Clemmons is more of a weapon when attacking off the dribble. This year, they'll have many other players that can knock down shots from the outside, possibly the best since McCaffery has taken over in Iowa City.
When asked if this would potentially be the best three point shooting team he's had since becoming the Hawkeyes' head coach, McCaffery gave an honest answer.
1601618"I think without question," McCaffery responded. "It doesn't work that way sometimes. On paper, I have not had a team with this many weapons from three point range. Hopefully that will manifest itself in games."
With a smaller lineup than they've had in the past, knocking down shots from the perimeter will be even more crucial for Iowa. Fortunately for them, they have many guys tautoplay=truehat can do it.
"It's not just one position like our two-guards," McCaffery shared. "Dale Jones can stretch the floor. (Jarrod) Uthoff can stretch the floor. Nicholas Baer can stretch the floor."