2022-23 Iowa Men’s Basketball: Who’s Back?

There have been many departures from the 2021-22 Iowa men’s basketball team over the last few weeks. Jordan Bohannon is really out of justification. Keegan Murray is on his way to the NBA. Joe Toussaint is on his way to the transfer portal. Josh Ogundele is too on the way to the portal. Even Austin Ash is into the portal. Who’s left? What does next year’s team look like? Let’s take a quick look.

GUARDS (5)

NAME ELIG HT WT 2022 STATISTICS

Tony Perkins

JR

6-4

210

18.2 mpg; 7.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.6 apg; 45% FG, 32% 3FG, 80% FT

Ahron Ulis

JR

6-3

190

13.9 mpg; 3.1 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.1 apg; 34% FG, 33% 3FG, 79% FT

Payton Sandfort

SO

6-7

210

10.5 mpg; 5.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 0.6 apg; 42% FG, 37% 3FG, 94% FT

Dasonte Bowen

FR

6-3

170

reach

Josh Dix

FR

6-5

190

reach

Sandfort could be a wing and could also see minutes on the small forward, but it seems most likely he will see a lot of minutes on the shooting guard next season. Dix sustained a terrible leg injury that ended his preparatory career; I would consider any contribution that Iowa can get from him next season to be pure sauce. Fran thinks much high on Bowen, a novice on point guard from New Hampshire, so he will definitely see the minutes next year.

There are 80 minutes per. games across two guard positions, which are essentially to be split between four players: Perkins, Ulis, Sandfort and Bowen. My guess on distribution: 25-28 minutes for Perkins, 25 for Sandfort, 15 for Ulis and 12-15 for Bowen.

Ulis’ poor number of shots will hamper his efforts to increase playing time; he was not a threat from long range and his finish near the rim was also bad. It is not good. Perkins’ numbers weren’t big either, but they were at least heading in a good direction in the second half of the season after he got into the starting lineup. Sandfort’s numbers are not dazzling, but his form is clean and I think his numbers will improve next season. That 94% free throw is also remarkable; he should be Iowa’s choice at the end of next season’s matches.

Also: this is just a list of scholarship players. Iowa also has walk-ons Luc Laketa and Carter Kingsbury as options on guard next season. That said, outside of Nicholas Baer, ​​Iowa has rarely seen walk-ons play big minutes under Fran.

FORWARD (3)

NAME ELIG HT WT 2022 STATISTICS

Kris Murray

JR

6-8

215

17.9 mpg; 9.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.0 apg; 48% FG, 39% 3FG, 65% FT

Patrick McCaffery

JR

6-9

200

24.1 mpg; 10.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.6 apg; 42% FG, 33% 3FG, 71% FT

Connor McCaffery

SR

6-5

205

17.1 mpg; 2.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.9 apg; 35% FG, 34% 3FG, 72% FT

The “other” Murray can still test the NBA Draft process, but the consensus statement (among draft experts, Iowa media and Fran) looks like he’s returning to Iowa next season. Elder McCaffery’s return is not a lock either, as he is reportedly considering his options and has not decided whether he will return for another year with basketball.

If Kris Murray returns to Iowa for one more season, it will be so he can try to follow in his brother’s footsteps and be the “man” for next year’s Iowa team. Keegan had an average of 32 minutes a game for Iowa this season; I would expect Kris to also play more than 30 minutes a game next year, especially given Iowa’s lack of opportunities at forward / center right now. Kris will definitely need to pick up a few tips from Keegan on avoiding bug issues.

I expect Patrick to play 25-28 minutes per game. match next year and Connor plays 17-20 minutes per. fight if he chooses to return. Patrick is Iowa’s leading recurring goal scorer, and although I expect Kris Murray to end up leading Iowa in scoring next season, Patrick will have to carry an even greater offensive load. It will be crucial that he improves his shooting numbers (42% overall / 33% 3FG) and becomes a more consistent goal scorer for Iowa.

STORE (2)

NAME ELIG HT WT 2022 STATISTICS

Filip Rebraca

SR

6-9

223

21.4 mpg; 5.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 0.7 apg; 53% FG, 17% 3FG, 60% FT

Riley Mulvey

SO

6-11

240

4.7 mpg; 0.9 ppg, 0.9 rpg, 0.0 apg; 50% FG, 0% 3FG, 100% FT

It has already been confirmed that Rebraca will return for one more year in Iowa; Ogundele’s departure leaves Rebraca and Mulvey as Iowa’s only big names on the list at the moment. I would expect both to play more than they did this season, though how much more TBD is – and probably depends on 1) their improvement over the offseason and 2) any additional players Iowa adds to the list.

Speaking of … Iowa has 10 scholarship players for next year, with three openings. I think it is unlikely that they will use all three available scholarship places, but 1-2 additions seem likely. Fran has already stated that they are pursuing a major effort on the transfer portal. Utah Valley big Fardaws Aimaq is Iowa’s best choice … but he’s also the best choice of one lot of programs.

Aimaq is expected to visit Iowa (as well as Washington, Houston, Texas Tech and maybe Arkansas) in the next few weeks.

It is not clear who else Iowa is looking at on the transfer portal, or whether they are also considering adding a guard. Francis’ interest in adding a large through portal was before Toussaint (and Ash) left Iowa; Toussaint’s departure could make Iowa look a little further at the transfer guard options as well. Either way, there have been quite a few upheavals on the Iowa roster over the last few weeks, and that has probably not been done yet, though hopefully any upcoming changes are in the form of additions to the team rather than more subtractions from the roster.

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