Iowa’s going to be without one of their perimeter options when they open the regular season Friday, as junior guard Josh Oglesby is expected to be out anywhere from four to six weeks after breaking a bone in his right foot in practice on Wednesday. Oglesby averaged 4.5 points per game in 37 contests last season.
This is the second medical issue that has come up for the Hawkeyes within the last week, with sophomore guard Anthony Clemmons sitting out an exhibition game due to an ankle injury.
“Josh has played great in preseason practices and this is an unfortunate setback,” head coach Fran McCaffery said in the release. “We expect Josh to make a full recovery and look forward to him returning in time for conference play.”
But the good news for Fran McCaffery is that he’s got both depth and experience when it comes to accounting for Oglesby’s absence according to Rick Brown of the Des Moines Register.
Oglesby was slated to back up Mike Gesell at the second guard. Oglesby’s absence could give freshman Peter Jok increased minutes at that position. McCaffery has several versatile players — most notably Jarrod Uthoff — who could also see time at that position. Starting point guard Devyn Marble also has experience at second guard.
After reaching the title game of the Postseason NIT last season, Iowa’s a team many expect to at the very least be in the conversation for an NCAA tournament bid. With Devyn Marble (15.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.0 apg) and Aaron White (12.8, 6.2) back to lead the way, anything less than a return to the NCAA tournament would be viewed as a disappointment.
Iowa hosts UNC Wilmington on Friday, and they’ll play games against Xavier (as part of the Battle 4 Atlantis) and Notre Dame (Big Ten/ACC Challenge) in the first four weeks of the season.
The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 10.3 points per game, while shooting 42 percent from three, as a freshman. He, along with Malcolm Hill and Michael Thorne Jr., is one of three returning players who averaged double figures last season.
This could prove to be a make-or-break year for John Groce, who enters his fifth season at the helm. He guided the Illini to an NCAA Tournament in his first season, but hasn’t been back since.
The key for the Illini is health. Abrams gives them experience and leadership, but it won’t be a surprise if there’s some rust in his game after spending the past two seasons on the sideline. Having a healthy Coleman-Lands will help stabilize the backcourt, while Hill, an all-conference caliber forward, and Thorne anchor the frontcourt.
Like Alkins, Jones was a sought-after scorer. The 6-foot-4 two-guard was rated No. 69 overall in the Class of 2016 by Rivals. He picked Indiana over offers from Cal, Cincinnati, Georgetown and more than a dozen other high-major programs.
Jeter, the 6-foot-10, played in a reserve role as a freshman, averaging 1.9 points and 1.9 rebounds per game last season. He will be part of a loaded frontline that includes heralded freshmen Harry Giles and Marques Bolden, as well as redshirt senior Amile Jefferson, who returns to the lineup following a foot injury.
The greatest player in Auburn program history will honored with a statue outside of the team’s home arena.
The university announced that Charles Barkley, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer, will be the fourth athlete to be given a statue, joining Heisman Trophy winners Bo Jackson, Pat Sullivan and Cam Newton.
“It just means a great deal to me,” Barkley said in a statement. “Being a kid from Alabama, going to Auburn. I think everybody knows what Auburn means to me. It’s going to be pretty cool.”
Barkley, currently working as an analyst for TNT, was the SEC Player of the Year in 1984, as well as a second team All-American. He averaged 14.1 points and 9.6 rebounds per game in 84 appearances for the Tigers.