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Iowa Hoops Will Be Better (Part VI – Jarryd Cole)

November 5, 2009

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by Justin VanLaere

Jarryd Cole is back and better than ever (not just the range of his knee, but also the range of his game).

The Iowa Hawkeye Men’s Basketball Co-Captain is mentally and physically ready to go to work on the court.  During media day, Jarryd let everyone know that his knee is 100% and there are no setbacks whatsoever.  That’s good news.  No, that’s great news.  A fully-healthy Cole means so much for this Iowa basketball team.

Jarryd’s career can basically be broken down into three distinct sections…
SECTION ONE:  Freshman Year (13 games, season cut short due to torn ACL)
SECTION TWO:  Sophomore Year (First 20 games, still recovering from injury)
SECTION THREE:  Sophomore Year (Last 12 games, closer to 100% on the knee)

Here is a breakdown of Jarryd’s stats for these three sections –

FIRST 13 GAMES OF FRESHMAN SEASON

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  • 23 min/game
  • 5 double digit scoring games
  • 86 points (6.6 points per game)
  • 62 rebounds (4.8 rebounds per game)
  • 2 blocks

FIRST 20 GAMES OF SOPHOMORE SEASON

  • 10 min/game
  • 0 double digit scoring games
  • 27 total points (1.35 points per game)
  • 28 rebounds (1.4 rebounds per game)
  • 1 block

LAST 12 GAMES OF SOPHOMORE SEASON

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  • 28 min/game
  • 5 double digit scoring games
  • 90 points (7.5 points per game)
  • 67 rebounds (5.6 rebounds per game)
  • 7 blocks
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Cole was doing some terrific things for this team during his freshman year before the injury, before truly understanding the system, before really getting a feel for Iowa basketball.  Last year, Jarryd was cleared to play after a rigorous physical therapy program.  Still, most people could see that he just wasn’t right on the knee.  As the season rolled along, you could tell that Cole was getting more comfortable with his repaired knee.

Not only is Cole’s knee better, but so is his game.  The coaches came to Jarryd and helped him add some range to his shot.  He now has a pretty steady mid-range game, a weapon that he has never had in the past.  Even former Iowa coach, Lute Olsen, noted that Jarryd has a nice, soft touch from the outside now.  I’ll agree with Lute’s basketball observations almost anytime he offers them up.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see Cole refine his game to mirror that of former Nittany Lion, Jamelle Cornley.  He’s still going to bang down low and eat up rebounds, but don’t be shocked to see him step outside on occasion to clear the lane a little bit.

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He’s healthy, he’s added a new dimension to his game, and we still haven’t talked about Jarryd’s greatest attribute – his work ethic.  A winner of the Chris Street Award, Cole is a tireless worker who leads by example.  He exemplifies everything you’d expect from an Iowa Hawkeye and more.  He has a motor that will not stop, and if you look in the dictionary (assuming you still have one somewhere) under the word, “hustle”, you might just see his picture staring back at you.

A healthy, more dynamic Jarryd Cole is yet another reason Iowa Basketball will be better than you think.

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