With forwards Cordell Pemsl and Ryan Kriener having already committed to the program, Iowa picked up a third verbal commitment in the Class of 2016 Friday morning. Jordan Bohannon, attends Linn-Mar HS in Marion, Iowa, announced via Twitter that he’s decided to play his college basketball for Fran McCaffery at Iowa.
The 6-foot point guard fills a position of need for the Hawkeyes, who currently have two seniors at the position in Mike Gesell and Anthony Clemmons. There’s also a family connection to the school, with Bohannon’s father having played football at Iowa during the early-1980s. However, Jordan is the first of Gordy Bohannon’s four sons to pick Iowa, with Jason and Zach (who began his career at Air Force) both playing at Wisconsin and Matt currently being a senior guard at Northern Iowa.
“I know he really wants me to play the one,” Bohannon said. “When (2017 commit) Connor (McCaffery) comes in we can switch off one and two like kind of like a combo. He’ll guard the bigger guard, and I’ll guard the smaller guard.”
Bohannon said McCaffery praised him for his defense.
“I think I’m really tough-minded,” Bohannon said. “I know I’m undersized; my knowledge makes up for it. I can get everybody in the right spot and make the right passes.”
In addition to Gesell and Clemmons the Hawkeyes will lost forward Jarrod Uthoff and center Adam Woodbury at the end of the 2015-16 season, and they have room for another addition or two from a scholarship standpoint.
Power forward becomes Iowa’s second 2016 commitment
With Jarrod Uthoff and Adam Woodbury both entering their final season of eligibility, Iowa has a need for front court additions in their 2016 recruiting class. Having already landed one forward in Cordell Pemsl, head coach Fran McCaffery picked up another Thursday afternoon in the form of 6-foot-9 Ryan Kriener.
Kriener announced the news via Twitter, and his addition leaves Iowa with two scholarships available in the 2016 class. With point guards Mike Gesell and Anthony Clemons being being seniors, it’s safe to assume that the Hawkeyes will look to add at least one perimeter piece in the 2016 class.
Like Pemsl, Kriener (Spirit Lake, Iowa) is an in-state product and his ability to score in the post is something that can help the Hawkeyes upon his arrival on campus. Kriener averaged nearly 20 points per game as a junior at Spirit Lake HS, and he also held offers from programs such as Missouri, Wichita State and Minnesota according to the Des Moines Register.
Among the front court players who will have eligibility remaining when Kriener arrives on campus next year are junior college transfer Dale Jones, sophomore Dominique Uhl and freshman Ahmad Wagner.
Iowa took a hit to its roster on Monday as lightly-used point guard Trey Dickerson was released from his scholarship and will transfer, according to the school.
“We appreciate the contributions Trey made during his time here,” Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery said in the release. “Trey has a bright future and we wish him all the best moving forward.”
The 6-foot sophomore was a junior-college transfer from Williston State and never quite found his footing in the Iowa rotation. Dickerson played in 15 games in the 2014-15 season, averaging 2.7 points and 1.2 assists per game. The native of New York only played in three of the Hawkeyes’ last 14 games.
After finishing out the spring semester, Dickerson will officially find a new program. He’ll likely have to sit out a season due to NCAA transfer regulations.
The Hawkeyes are fighting for a NCAA Tournament berth, but Dickerson wasn’t seeing regular minutes and shouldn’t hinder their fight for that cause.