2016 Hoops Recruiting Class: Cordell Pemsl

Cordell Pemsl is one of three big men Fran McCaffery brought in in the class of 2016.

Five guys in one recruiting class is quite a bit.  Three big men in the class is also quite a bit.  The class is highlighted by Tyler Cook for Iowa, but fans shouldn't be sleeping on Ryan Kriener or Cordell Pemsl, who is the feature of this piece.

Pemsl gave the Hawkeyes his verbal commitment over two years ago on May 1st, 2014, which would've been the end of his sophomore season.  He's been a guy Iowa fans are very familiar with considering he's been committed for so long.

Pemsl is right around 6'7" and weighs about 220 pounds.  He's got a big body and uses it well.  That should bode well for him if he does wind up finding playing time in his true freshman season.

I got a chance to watch Pemsl play earlier this year in Iowa City and he did not disappoint, despite a loss to the Iowa City West Trojans and his future teammate, Connor McCaffery.  


Pemsl was constantly double teamed, but found a way to record a double-double.  He showed good ability to pass out of double teams, but did get frustrated with teammates a couple of different times for not making a cut or coming to the ball.  I didn't get to see his jump shot much outside of warm ups, but he does showcase pretty good ability to finish around the rim.  However, there were a few times that he missed a couple of bunnies that I thought he should've made.  I'm sure he would've agreed.

Tyler Cook figures to factor into the rotation right away next season, possibly even start.  That leaves both Pemsl and Kriener kind of sitting on the outside looking in.  Ahmad Wagner sticks around and he'll play the four or the five.  Dom Uhl can give Fran minutes at the four spot and then Dale Jones figures to be in the mix at the four or three as well.

This all leads me to believe either Pemsl or Kriener could see minutes, especially when someone finds themselves in foul trouble.  My early guess is Pemsl.  I think his body and his game are more ready for the Big Ten that Kriener's is.

There is a slight chance that both could redshirt, but I really don't see that happening. 

I think he's going to need to work on getting a little tougher down low, but he doesn't need much work in that department.  Going up against physical guys like Wagner and Cook in practice will without a doubt help Pemsl's development as a post player. 

Look for him to see limited action barring any injuries in his true freshman season. 


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