Iowa Recruiting Recap
Iowa had three scholarships to fill, but was forced to release a player after he was found to be in a car driving around Des Moines with Adam Robinson. Unfortunately, it was his second public incident, having been seen spending a copious amount of time with DJK before his recent arrest. This left four open spots with only enough money to fill three. Add to that the fact that Iowa has a C+ prestige and almost no current talent, and it's going to be a long road to climb. The new coach has decided to make a huge change to the program switching from the flex offensive scheme to a motion-based offense, as well as eliminating the full-court press and shifting to a man-to-man approach. The team will most likely play out this year using the flex and press in an effort to remain at least somewhat competitive, but in the event of a catastrophic season (which is not unlikely), the switch will take place early to assist in the development of the younger players.
For his first recruiting class in the conference, new coach "B-Radical" (player's coach) had his work cut out for him. Lagging behind the conference in both prestige and talent, he simply needed to get at least a couple of decent players to start the turnaround. After starting at Mississippi Valley St. with the cupboard bare and taking the team to 6 winning seasons in a row, including 5 20-win seasons and a 30-win season, the Iowa faithful is optimistic about their new leader. Seeing him finish in the top 20 the last two seasons and then come home to his alma mater, it was a match made in heaven. The new ball coach knew he needed to get at least two bigs and one guard, so he set out with gusto. Obviously, with limited resources and prestige, he realized the importance of not straying too far from home. At guard, he set his sights on Iowa native George Ginther. While his initial ratings are not terribly impressive, especially for the competitive level of this conference, his already high athleticism and great projections in speed, defense, and passing promises to make him a well-rounded guard after a couple seasons of adjustment to the college game. After beating out Xavier for Ginther and using a large amount of his available funds, it was time to focus on the big men.
In the paint, coach B-Radical picked up two very different bigs in Anthony Edwards and Maurice Locascio. Maurice, another homegrown Iowa prospect, projects to be a fantastic defensive big, with already solid ratings and great potential in rebounding, shot blocking, and defense. He will, unfortunately, not be an offensive threat. He does, however, have the potential to develop enough speed and ball handling/passing to move over to the #4 so Edwards can start at Center. Edwards, the only out-of-state recruit the Hawkeyes targeted, projects to be a really good one for Iowa. The young man from Illinois has the exact potentials any would be looking for and very solid starting ratings. Iowa is really counting on his development.
Anthony Dunklin was a last-second local recruit whose future at Iowa is uncertain. He has the potential to turn into a decent player after a few years of development, but his work ethic makes that outcome look doubtful. The coaching staff will be watching him closely to determine the usefulness of keeping him on scholarship after this season.
While the outlook for this season is grim, if coach B-Radical can pick up a couple more players with the potential of Edwards next season, he might be able to start the slow climb into the B prestige range. Then he'll be able to start fighting for the recruits necessary to compete in this beast of a conference.
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