Hawkeye Player Power Index

January 9, 2015

Written by David Schwartz

Each week during college basketball season Hawkeye Nation releases its Hawkeye Basketball Power Index, a ranking of Iowa’s players based on performance and importance to the team.

1. Aaron White

Previous rank: 1

He was spectacular against Nebraska, but he barely showed up against Michigan State. Most troubling: he only ATTEMPTED four shots against the Spartans. Forget a bad shooting night – every player suffers those – to not even take shots in the first place makes one wonder whether he’s uncomfortable acting as this team’s leader.

2. Jarrod Uthoff

Previous rank: 2

Uthoff, on the other hand, at least put himself out there against Michigan State. The reigning Big Ten Player of the Week finished with a double-double. He hit only 6-of-16 shots, but hey, at least he was willing to shoot.

3. Gabriel Olaseni

Previous rank: 3

After Olaseni ran into foul trouble against Ohio State last week, he responded with consecutive 18-point games. He’s become a force in the Big Ten, incredibly difficult to guard because of his touch, intelligence, and speed. Of note: Olaseni hasn’t blocked a shot since Dec. 22 against North Florida.

4. Peter Jok

Previous rank: 4

The Carver-Hawkeye Arena crowd gave Jok a huge round of applause Thursday night when he checked out at one point in the first half. The Iowa crowd wants to love this guy. If he can create a few more open shots for himself and raise that ghastly 31 percent shooting percentage, the world will be his.

5. Mike Gesell

Previous rank: 5

Anthony Clemmons reverted to his old ways against Michigan State. Sloppy passing. No offense. If it was simply a bad game, that’s cool. If it’s the start of something worse, Gesell will be left as Iowa’s only point guard. That’s a lot of responsibility.

(The dropoff in production between Iowa’s top 5 and the rest of the team is startling. To appropriately represent the disparity between the top 5 and the rest of the team, let’s leave slots 6-10 blank.)

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11. Josh Oglesby

Previous rank: 6

Oglesby panic level: 5/10. In Iowa’s last two Big Ten games, the Hawkeyes’ alleged three-point specialist has played 45 minutes, attempted only one shot, and may or may not have even hit iron on that attempt.

12. Dom Uhl

Previous rank: 8

Saw 10 minutes of action against Michigan State, and about half that against Nebraska. He’s working hard to improve his defense and, although only a freshman, looks wise beyond his years when it comes to spacing and ball movement.

13. Adam Woodbury

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Previous rank: 9

The good news? He scored a handful of points against Michigan State. The bad? He stayed out of foul trouble but still saw only 15 minutes of game time. The scrappy 7-foot-1 shooting guard has now blocked only seven shots through Iowa’s 16 games.

14. Anthony Clemmons

Previous rank: 7

There is no middle ground for Clemmons. He’s either incredibly valuable to the Hawkeyes or a major liability. Against Michigan State, he was the latter.

15. Brady Ellingson

Previous rank: 10

DNP Iowa’s last two games.

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16. Trey Dickerson

Previous rank: 11

Time to file a missing persons report.

17. Kyle Denning

Previous rank: 12

Walk-on hasn’t played since Dec. 9 against Alcorn State.

18. Okey Ukah

Previous rank: 13

Walk-on hasn’t played since Dec. 9 against Alcorn State.

19. Charlie Rose

Previous rank: 14

Walk-on hasn’t played since Dec. 9 against Alcorn State.

• Talk with David Schwartz on Twitter @daveschwartz.

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