2016 Hoops Recruiting Class: Jordan Bohannon's Impact

Iowa's Mr. Basketball in 2016 will most likely have a role to play in his true freshman season considering the Hawkeyes are thin at the point guard spot.

The point guard spot has been the most talked about position this off-season for the Iowa Basketball team.  They graduated four year starter Mike Gesell, and also lost Anthony Clemmons, who played significant minutes all four years he spent in a Hawkeye uniform.  This leaves a big fat question mark at the point guard position. 

Iowa returns Christian Williams, who will be a true sophomore next season, and brings in Jordan Bohannon, who was Iowa's Mr. Basketball in 2016 and buried 92 three pointers in his senior season for the Linn-Mar Lions.  

Williams came on late last season, playing well in a couple games down the stretch, but he lacks the experience that both Gesell and Clemmons brought to the table.  I don't think we got to see enough of Christian to actually get a gauge on whether or not he'll be able to take over the reigns at the point guard spot.  But to be totally honest, I don't think he, or Fran McCaffery, have a choice at this point in time.  

Unless Bohannon comes in and beats Williams out for the starting spot, it's Williams' to lose.  

Even if Williams does get the starting nod, Bohannon is likely still going to have to play a key role on next years team.  Williams won't be able to play 40 minutes per game every game, so Bohannon will need to spell him at some point.  


He has a Big Ten ready jump shot, but he needs to get a little bit stronger.  Tacking on weight will be a something to shoot for this summer.  He sits at about 170 pounds now, but I'd like to see that number grow a bit to around 180 or 185.  I think he's a tough kid, and he comes from a family that has seen three boys play division one basketball already in Zach, Jason, and Matt, but tacking on some pounds is going to be a big key.

He's got pretty good vision and solid handles, but I'm worried about him getting pushed around at the next level.  He's got good instincts and will already have good chemistry with fellow freshman, Cordell Pemsl, considering they play AAU ball together in the summer.

Bottom line, Bohannon's ability to shoot should keep him on the floor all four years in Iowa City.  He has very good range and is an elite level free throw shooter to go along with it.  He has the ability to beat you deep, but isn't afraid to put it on the floor and get to the rim.  He obviously won't be a finished product in his freshman season, but the experience he'll gain will go a long way.

I don't really see Jordan failing to contribute at Iowa.  All three Bohannon brothers before contributed a lot to the schools they attended.  Matt was the most recent Bohannon to have an impact on college basketball.  He broke the record for three pointers made in a career at the University of Northern Iowa this past season with 268 triples.

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