If you live in Iowa or consider yourself a college basketball fan, you've likely heard the last name Bohannon. Jason and Zach both played at Wisconsin during their collegiate careers, while Matt played at UNI.
Iowa freshman point guard, Jordan Bohannon, is the last of the bunch to play college basketball and he says that his brothers are helping him out when it comes to preparing for the Big Ten schedule.
"They're always in my ear telling me stuff, I mean they've been through the pressure of Big Ten games, so I definitely take their advice," he said about his three older brothers.
Jason played all four years at Wisconsin, appearing in 135 total games, so he has definitely been through it before. Zach played two season at Air Force before playing his final two at Wisconsin and he appeared in 31 games for the Badgers, so he knows what it is all about as well. While Matt did not play in the Big Ten, he was a key piece to some very good UNI teams. He played in 138 games during his career and led the Missouri Valley Conference in made 3 point field goals during his senior season.
Having three older brothers that have played at that high of a level helping you out is definitely an advantage for a young point guard heading into his first conference season.
However, while it's a benefit, that won't be the only resource Jordan will be using before tonight's opener against Purdue.
"I've been watching some Purdue games, the one against Louisville and Villanova. They love to pressure the point guard, so I've just got to get prepared for that," Bohannon admitted about the scouting he's done of Matt Painter's team.
It definitely is going to be a bit of a change for Bohannon going up against guys that are constantly in your face as you're bringing the ball up the court, but he didn't seemed too worried about it.
"We've had a couple physical games, I mean we played teams like Virginia already, so we know what that type of competition is and Pete has been telling us some stuff as well, so I think we're pretty prepared coming into Purdue," he said in regards to the physicality he will see on Wednesday night.
I could argue that the Iowa State game as well as the Virginia game is going to help him in this one, too. Even in the game against North Dakota, they were pressuring him and grabbing him the entire 40 minutes, so he does have some sense of what is coming his way.
In the road game against Notre Dame he actually forced Mike Brey's hand moving Matt Farrell off of him in favor of the longer Steve Vasturia due to the fact that Bohannon kept hitting contested three pointers.
Plus, he's a gamer. Fran McCaffery and Jordan's teammates have stated that Jordan is a tough kid and isn't going to back down from any challenges that come his way.
His first Big Ten challenge comes tonight in West Lafayette, IN.