The talk of the off-season thus far has been the point guard spot for the Iowa Basketball team. Both Mike Gesell and Anthony Clemmons graduate in a few weeks and Fran McCaffery is left wondering who will replace the two guys that manned that spot for the previous four seasons.
Christian Williams looks like the favorite to win that job, but he doesn't have a ton of experience, competing in just eight of the 18 Big Ten regular season games in his freshman campaign. He did come on late in the year, especially in the home loss to Indiana when he scored eight points and grabbed three rebounds in his 12 minutes of action.
Jordan Bohannon, who will be an incoming freshman, figures to be the other guard to compete for the starting spot. Bohannon isn't quite as big as Williams is, but he'll bring the shooting ability that Williams does lack. The one thing that could hold Bohannon back is his size. He isn't particularly tall at about 6' even and doesn't weigh much at about 170 pounds.
Iowa missed out on Charlie Moore, who reopened his recruiting after Memphis coach, Josh Pastner, took the Georgia Tech job. Illinois' Mr. Basketball lists Western Kentucky as one of his favorites, according to Scout's Michael McCammon. He also has Illinois, California, Georgia Tech, Miami, LSU, SMU, and UNLV listed as possible landing spots. Like Bohannon, Moore is small. They both can shoot the ball, but Moore likes to really push the tempo and appears to be much further along than Bohannon is.
Moore would've come in and likely given Williams a run for his money for the starting point guard spot. He's lightning quick with his dribble and has the ability to shoot the lights out. But, unfortunately, will not be headed to Iowa. I don't see a clear cut favorite here, but Georgia Tech is a strong possibility, seeing as Pastner is now the head man for the Yellow Jackets. That would be a big get for GT.
Christian Vital is another point guard that Iowa missed out on. Vital, unlike Moore, has already chosen where he will be going to school. He gave his verbal to Kevin Ollie and the UConn Huskies just a few days ago.
Moore is a big miss for McCaffery because he would've come in and been an impact almost instantly, but it does give us a chance to see what kind of duo Williams and Bohannon can develop into. Although I really would've liked to get Bohannon a redshirt season to tack a little more weight on, I wouldn't be surprised if we sometimes see Bohannon at the point and Williams at the two guard with Williams' size and ability to get to the rim. I'd really like to see Williams develop more of a jumper going into next season.
With both Moore and Vital choosing to head elsewhere, that still leaves McCaffery with a scholarship open. I think it goes without saying, but he's likely going to pocket it and use it in the class of 2017.