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.
Iowa is looking to replace starting forward Aaron White, who exhausted his eligibility this past season. While senior forward Jarrod Uthoff is already firmly in the starting lineup, the other spot is open and it could be filled by sophomore forward Dominique Uhl.
Teaming with Uthoff in the Prime Time summer basketball league in Iowa, Uhl averaged 21.1 points and 9.7 rebounds per game in nine league games, while also showing more confidence than last season. According to a report from Don Doxsie of the The Quad-City Times, Uhl is also up to 215 pounds from 200 last season and showed more of an ability to hang down low with returning senior center Adam Woodbury.
Summer leagues are obviously very different than the Big Ten, but these are some positive developments from Uhl, who averaged 10 minutes per contest in 33 appearances last season. Even if Uhl can become a reliable option off the bench, it will help with the Hawkeyes’ front-court depth this season.