Mashup: Hoops & Pigskin

April 26, 2011

Written by Jon Miller

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There is a little bit for every Hawkeye fan in this Mashup, no matter what your Hawkeye preference…

The big news of the day on Tuesday was the signing of Gabe Olaseni to the Iowa basketball program…Iowa now has four verbal commitments in this class and could still sign another as they have one ride left. You’d have to think it will either be a point guard or bank the scholarship for next year. Here is a rundown of the stories and comments related to Olesani’s commitment..

Official Iowa Release | ““We’re really excited to have Gabe become part of our program,” said McCaffery. “He is a talented athlete, who’s 6-foot-10 with a 7-foot-2 wing span. He has great length, is able to run the floor and can block shots. Gabe’s someone who will really impact our style of play. As good as he is, he has tremendous upside. Gabe’s a young man with great character and we’re looking forward to having him in a Hawkeye uniform. I think it was important to make sure we got another big man in this class,” added McCaffery. “We feel very good about the other three players we signed. To get a legitimate 6-foot-10 player that has his skill set is very important. He complements the class very well.”

Hawks Land Olesani | from HawkeyeNation.com

McCaffery Talks Olaseni | Fran McCaffery took a few minutes on Tuesday night to talk about his newest player. There are some good quotes in here, some that will help you get a feel for what to expect from Olaseni next year. Also, we have a pronunciation update: olah-SEH-knee

Hawkeyes Have Versatility | from John Bohnenkamp of The Hawk Eye

Iowa Basketball Net Stretches to London | Write up from Scott Dochterman with Quotes from Olaseni

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There have been a few people calling Olaseni a sort of Kurt Looby 2.0…Looby’s offense came on late in his career, and Olaseni will start his career with with to do on the offensive end. Looby was a good shot blocker and I think we’ll see the same from Olaseni. Olaseni has more upside than Looby and he will have a better chance of getting there, in my opinion. This staff has already shown an ability to be able to develop players and spot diamonds in the rough.

On the whole, Iowa now has more depth in the program than they have had since the Hawkeyes won the Big Ten Tournament title in 2006. That was also Iowa’s last complete team. While next year’s team isn’t likely to compete for a Big Ten crown, we’re likely to see more consistency and a more competitive team. Iowa lost eight or so games last year by 6 points or less, which is two possessions. They averaged just under 68 points and you are likely to see that move over 70. They should also be a better defensive team as well…I am very, very excited to watch next season, something I have not written or said in a long time.

Here’s a video where you can see Anthony Hubbard in action; he committed to Iowa over the weekend…he wears #1 in the white jersey and has a nice reverse dunk at the 2:12 mark.

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Now, onto the gridiron where it was not a good day for Christian Ballard…

Report: Ballard Tests Positive | As I wrote on the boards yesterday, this is simply a stupid decision by Ballard and one that could cost him a few hundred thousand dollars in plummeting NFL stock. He was a likely second round pick and he could still go there, but he could also fall to the third round. It’s not like a positive marijuana text is a death sentence for an NFL player, but Ballard is not in the NFL yet and by testing positive during his NFL combine drug test, it sends a signal to the league to question Ballard’s decision making ability, maturity, etc. It’s not like the NFL Combine date is a mystery and it’s not like Ballard didn’t know he’d get invited; he knew that last summer. The fact he knew all of this yet still couldn’t resist smoking dope, if the test is an accurate positive, well, it’s gonna cost him.

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Reisner Hopes Hectic Finish Helps NFL Chances | From The Gazette. This is where I remind you that every tight end that has started for Kirk Ferentz at Iowa has been drafted.

Bill Parcells made a statement on Tuesday night somewhere on the ESPN family of networks that caught the attention of Iowa fans…something along the lines of ‘If you look at it, Iowa has put more players in the NFL over the past 10 years than Alabama’. This link shows that Alabama has produced three more players DRAFTED to the NFL…but perhaps Iowa has had more players stick in the league..either way, its gotta be pretty close.

This one comes from Monday, but Iowa added a pair of wrestlers to the room…read Andy Hamilton’s story here.

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