In mid-April it was announced that beginning in November 2017, there would be an in-season tournament played on the Cayman Islands. Wednesday half of the field for the eight-team event was revealed, as Global Sports Management announced that Cincinnati, Iowa, UAB and Wyoming have committed to making the trip.
All four of those teams participated in the NCAA tournament last season, with Cincinnati, Iowa and UAB each picking up a win once there. Entering the 2015-16 season Cincinnati is viewed by many as a contender in the American Athletic Conference and the same goes for UAB in Conference USA. Iowa has some key personnel losses to address but returns seniors Mike Gesell, Jarrod Uthoff and Adam Woodbury, and Wyoming lost four starters from last season’s Mountain West tournament champion team.
Of course November 2017 is a long way off, so it remains to be seen what each of these teams will look like from a personnel standpoint when the time comes.
No specific timeframe was given in regards to when the other four teams participating in the inaugural Cayman Islands Classic would be announced.
Roy Marble passed away on Friday after a battling cancer for the past year. He was 48 years old.
Marble is one of the greatest players in the history of Iowa basketball. He is the school’s all-time leading scorer with 2,116 career points. In each of his four seasons (1986-89), the Hawkeyes reached the NCAA tournament.
Marble’s son, Roy Deyvn, was a recent star for Iowa, earning first team all-Big Ten honors after averaging 17.0 points per game during the 2013-14 season. He’s currently a member of the Orlando Magic.
The Iowa athletic department released a six-minute tribute video for the program’s late star.
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.
In an interview with the Cedar Rapids Gazette, Jordan discussed his desire to be a Hawkeye as well as the role he’ll likely fill when he arrives on campus next year.
“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.