Iowa Basketball brings back a potential top-5 roster for the upcoming season. What does the Hawkeyes depth chart look like?
Led by National Player of the Year runner-up and Big Ten Player of the Year Luka Garza, Iowa Basketball went 20-11 and finished fifth in the Big Ten. Garza is back, along with sharpshooters Joe Wieskamp and CJ Fredrick, forward Connor McCaffery and guard Joey Touissant. They also get back guard Jordan Bohannon and forwards Jack Nunge and Patrick McCaffery from injury.
The Hawkeyes have yet to make a Sweet Sixteen in Fran McCaffery’s tenure, but this is indubitably their best shot. They were sixth in the country in offensive rating, and adding Bohannon’s shooting back should only improve that. But they’ll certainly have to improve on the defensive end where they finished 12th in defensive rating in the league.
With Garza in the fold, Iowa was always going to be competitive. But the return of all the other key players should give McCaffery the best team in his Iowa City tenure. The Hawkeyes are a consensus top 10 team entering the season and one of the favorites to win the Big Ten. Wisconsin brings back all five starters from a first-place team while Illinois return stars Ayo Dosunmu and Kofi Cockburn.
The league is going to be tough, but Iowa should be at the forefront of the action. With many new and returning pieces, let’s look at how the rotation will pan out.