Fran McCaffery's Press Conference After Iowa's Win Over Coppin State

Fran McCaffery's thoughts on Iowa's win over Coppin State.

Iowa basketball moved to 2-0 after demolishing Coppin State Sunday evening 103-68. The Hawkeyes shared the ball incredibly, shot the ball extremely well, and had a number of bench players come in and make an impact on the game. 

Fran McCaffery spoke after the game giving his thoughts on his team's performance.

ON MIKE GESELL'S 21 ASSISTS FIRST TWO GAMES...

"I mean, he's really pushing it hard. He's got his head up. He's making real good decisions. You know, when your big guys are running, you want to load them up or they'll stop running. He knows that. He understands that. We'll keep throwing it to him."

ON DOM UHL'S EMERGENCE...

"I'm really proud of him, the way he's played, the energy level that he's played with, and his ability to make plays off the dribble and also affect the game at the rim with rebounding and his leaping ability and his length. He seems to be playing with a lot of confidence, shooting the ball well, knocks in three threes today."

"But I thought the other night, with him coming in, that was really critical, too, his performance. It's great to see him playing that way. He's kind of doing what we thought he'd be doing at this point."

ON BRADY ELLINGSON'S BIG GAME...

"The thing with Brady is he's an incredibly efficient player. He back cuts, he curl cuts. You look at him as a jump shooter, but he makes a lot of lay-ups because he always gets open. He's got a knack for getting open, and he handles the ball and he's got dribble moves much more than people think. They think he's a standstill spot-up shooter. That's not what he is. I mean, he can do that, but he's got a game. He knows how to play. He's a tough kid who's shown that he can defend. He sticks his nose on the glass and blocks out, and that's going to be criticadl because if we play three guards and he's in there, he's got to be able to rebound."

ON PETER JOK'S HEALTH...

"He'll be okay."

ON THE CONTINUED SHIFTING OF THE ROTATION...

"Yep, (I see the rotation continuing to change between now and the start of Big Ten season). It's going to be ongoing."

"If you look at it, you've got different skill sets and different sizes, so every game will sort of dictate if we're going to go bigger or if we're going to go smaller. You put in Ahmad (Wagner) the other night, he played so well you want to leave him in. Dale (Jones) is on fire; you're going to leave him in. The other thing will be who's playing well in the starting group, who's in foul trouble in the starting group. That will also dictate whether we're going big or whether we're going small."

ON DALE JONES' PLAY...

"Well, he's getting better. I mean, he's always kind of viewed himself as an offensive player. I mean, that's what he is. The thing that has always been impressive to me is that he will rebound as well. If you score and rebound, if you think about it, that's probably going to keep you on the floor on most teams. The problem is at this level, you're going to be guarding a killer, and you'd better be able to stop him. So what he's done is really concentrated on improving his footwork, getting down in the stance, staying there. The next phase is anticipating screening action when it's coming his way and getting through and communicating, are we switching or are we not, because we've been doing a lot of switching, and make sure that if he's in the post that he can fight the post. He's got a 7-foot-1 wingspan, so that's obviously a great advantage to him at the defensive end."

"But just to watch him score the ball the way he did, I mean, the thing you have to remember about him, or the thing I try to get him to remember about himself, is don't just be a three-point shooter. Just like I said about Brady, I mean, the dunk he missed there, he flashed in the lane, he curled, caught it, and then went and attacked. The other time he shot faked from the top and drove it all the way and finished. That's what I need him to do because he is a scorer who happens to be a really good three-point shooter."

ON POSSIBLE REDSHIRT FOR BRANDON HUTTON...

"I'm being a little careful with that, whether we're going to burn his redshirt year or not."

Hutton's thoughts: "He's either way. He's good either way."


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