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A Closer Look at the 2010 Iowa Men’s Basketball Recruits

November 11, 2009

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by HawkeyeBBall
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As an Iowa fan, living in Chicago, and having been around the AAU circuit for many years (much to my wife’s dismay) I have seen many players over the years. Here is my take after having an opportunity to watch all of the players over the past summer since they have committed or were considering it. I believe that we were extremely lucky to have locked up all 4 of our recruits by the end of the summer. Essentially, I believe Cody, Zach and Ben could have easily been players that could have blown up had they not been committed. That is nothing against Roy, but having played with a team that was 16-U the “media” wouldn’t look at him in the same light since he wasn’t playing against the “top” competition.

So since today is signing day, I have decided to give a little synopsis of how I feel these guys are as players and how I believe they may fit into the lineup next season. I know this year is just getting started, but this is a class that is a great get for the Hawkeyes and is something to be excited for in the future!

Roy Marble Jr. – The son of an Iowa legend. Have to love the fact that we were able to lock him up before the high school season had started. He is a very long and lengthy player. He likes to attack the basket. His length helps him get to the hole at this level, but he will have to fill out his frame in order to have the same success at the next level, but time will help that as he is a young player. His foot speed isn’t the quickest, but working out once he arrives on campus is something that could potentially help that as he is athletic. He has a nice jumper and can hit from distance. I believe that over time he will become a very good player for the Hawkeyes, but I believe that there will be too much talent at first for him to break into heavy minutes his freshman year.

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Zach McCabe – Nothing wrong with being able to grab one of the top players within the state of Iowa. He has grown up loving the Hawkeyes and this is like a dream come true for him, similar to Gatens in that respect. He is a very physical player. Has no problem being “scrappy” and doing whatever it takes to get the job done. A player that knows what his role is and will do whatever he has to in order for his team to succeed. He uses his body very well to keep players off in traffic. I don’t think that there are many quarterbacks, except the bad ones, who don’t have a strong awareness of what is going on around them. He has that awareness and it corresponds to a great IQ on the basketball court. With Gatens and May at the 3, I believe it will be a struggle for him to break into heavy minutes, as well, like Roy.  He’s a player that has the will to do whatever it takes to get the job done and may be able to find the minutes regardless of depth at a certain position.

Ben Brust – Fits the Lickliter mold to the core. He is instant offense. He loves the 3 ball and the 3 ball loves him. He has great range and I don’t believe he has ever seen a shot that he didn’t like. Has a great ability to stretch the defense because he can hit it from almost anywhere on the floor. In the same sense, he has a great ability to penetrate and dish the ball off to the open man to keep them honest. Very surprising with his athletic ability, has no problem getting to the hole and finishing at the rim in traffic. From all accounts, he is a complete gym rat and loves to work at his game to constantly improve. He is a good combo guard as he has the abilities to play either the 1 or 2. In my mind, he is without a doubt Big Ten ready and could have found minutes this year. He will be an impact player next year, especially with Bawinkel being a senior this year, to have the opportunity to come in and play a lot of minutes with Payne and Tucker.

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Cody Larson – Lick will get his opportunity to coach one of his best recruits from Butler, but in a different player. Cody Larson reminds me a lot of Matt Howard, but is more athletic. He is fundamentally sounds with the ball. Has the strength to finish at hoop on almost anyone. He is extremely athletic and able to flush the ball in traffic and on people. He is also able to finish with both hands. He has good ball handling skills for a guy with his size. He is able to hit an open jumper, but when he tries to create for himself, he has a tendency to shoot while leaning and fading away. I’d prefer to see him just shoot the open shots, which I’m sure will be the case once he gets to Iowa. He will be an impact player his first year with Ben. I would think that he would be more natural at the 4 due to his athletic ability, but I think that we will see him play some at the 5 as well.

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All in all, I believe that this is a solid class. Yes, people think the rest of the Big Ten is recruiting at a higher level. We have players here that can play at any of those other schools. Iowa has an extremely bright future and I for one, as well as many others, cannot wait for the return of basketball to Iowa.  This is just the squad to help get us back there, along with the group of 2009 recruits and Cole, Fuller, Tucker and Gatens!

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