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Off-Season Improvements: Dom Uhl

As we get into the summer months, Hawkeye Insider will be taking a look at what the returning Hawkeyes need to do to improve their games before the season arrives in November. Today, we look at Dom Uhl.

Dom Uhl has been a nice piece off the bench for Fran McCaffery over the course of his first two season in a Haweye uniform.  He's played in 66 games so far in his Hawkeye career and will likely assume a starting role in his final two season on campus.

He took over double the shots in his sophomore season as he did as a freshman.  His field goal percentage went up from 36% to 42% from freshman to sophomore year.  He shot a much better percentage from three point land last season and really improved a whole heck of a lot as a player.

He started off conference play being the key piece off the bench for the Hawkeyes.  He was red hot from behind the three point arc and was giving Fran consistent minutes off the bench.  Over the course of the first five Big Ten contests Uhl was shooting 9-11 from three point land.  He was unbelievably efficient.  

He was consistently playing almost twenty minutes or more per game in the first part of the Big Ten slate, but that number did decrease as Iowa started to slide a bit towards the end of the season.  

He was so good at the start of Big Ten play that fans began to expect that out of him every single night.  And for a guy in just his second season, that was a lot to shoulder I'm sure.  

The main thing he'll need to improve upon this summer is becoming more consistent.  He has the athletic ability and the shooting ability to be a 10-13 points per game type of player in the Big Ten, he just has to put it together for an entire season.  He proved that he has the talent at the beginning of Big Ten play last season, but was unable to sustain it throughout the course of the season.  And with a lot of graduating seniors, a lot of the shots will be up for grabs this winter.

Peter Jok will take most of the shots for the Hawkeyes, but Uhl is looking like the guy that is going to be Robin to Jok's Batman.  

If Dom can develop a consistent shot and be a scoring threat every trip down, it will not only make things easier on McCaffery, but it will help out Jok a bunch as well.

I would really like to see him become better at the free throw line as well.  He shot 52% in his freshman campaign and was up to 58% last season, but I would like to see that number climb into the mid 60's as he enters his junior season.  He's going to be relied upon a bit more to score the ball this season and if he's not making his free throws, teams will make note of that.

Becoming more of a leader is going to be the final thing I want to see from Uhl.  He's going to be on a team that features a lot of freshman and sophomores.  He's played in 66 games as a Hawkeye, as I previously noted, and is hardly new around town anymore.  That means he knows what is expected from him and the team each night.  

He is going to be counted on to help guys like Tyler Cook, Isaiah Moss, and even Ahmad Wagner, who is just entering his sophomore season in 16-17.  He and Jok will be two of the guys that Fran is going to count on in tough situations when Iowa needs a bucket.

Even thought he was just a role player last season, Uhl will be one of McCaffery's go to guys in the 2016-17 campaign.


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