It's been years since Iowa had a true center or a star point guard. Hawkeye coach Fran McCaffery might have landed both in a single recruiting class.
Freshman center Adam Woodbury of Sioux City East and point guard Mike Gesell, from South Sioux City, headline the best crop of newcomers the Hawkeyes have had in a long time.
Both were consensus top-100 recruits and were AAU teammates during their summers in high school. Gesell helped South Sioux win two state titles in Nebraska and Woodbury led East to the Class 4A title game last March.
Iowa is coming off an 18-17 season, which was their first winning record since '07.
The two freshman will be asked to play a major role in Iowa's quest to end a seven-year NCAA tournament drought.
"It's going to be an interesting team to try to figure out how everybody's going to fit," said McCaffery. "I don't know that I've ever had a team, and I mean this sincerely, where I've got 12 guys I could put in the game."
"You want to be the best, you've got to have expectations at some point," said forward Aaron White. "You're not going to slide under the radar at all times. It's really about what you do with those expectations because people can write and say what they expect but it really matters what we do as a group and that's what's going to be important for us."
"All of our goals come from within our program," said Gesell. "We definitely feel like the skies the limit for us. We feel like if we defend, if we get after it, we play well together, we can definitely have a very successful season this year."
Iowa's first game is against Quincy of Illinois on Sunday, November 4th. The Hawks host Iowa State on December 7th and open Big Ten play at home against Indiana on New Year's Eve.
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