Jordan Bohannon has a new enemy — the University of Iowa parking department.
The outspoken fifth-year senior guard has taken to social media in recent days to complain — perhaps just a little bit tongue-in-cheek — about the, well, let’s call it the efficiency and speed of which parking tickets are handed out in the lot next to Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Bohannon is willing to take on all comers, whether it’s the NCAA or the plan to play college basketball this season or whatever.
He has found a new foe.
“The Iowa City parking police, I don’t think any of the workers have a soul or a heart at that place,” Bohannon said on Wednesday. “I want to make that known right now. I’m sure they’re great people off of their jobs. But when they put on that uniform, I’m not sure there’s a heart in them.”
Asked what direction this battle will take, Bohannon said, “You know me, I always have a plan. I’m not going to formally state it right now. We’ll see what happens in the future of the Jordan Bohannon vs. Parking Police saga.”
“He told you all he has a plan,” forward Patrick McCaffery said, smiling. “He doesn’t have a plan. He’s lying.”
It’s vintage Bohannon, and it’s being seen a lot these days, especially on the court.
He is averaging 17 points per game in Iowa’s current five-game winning streak.
He is 27-of-43 from the field (62.8 percent), 22-of-35 in 3-pointers (62.9 percent). He has 29 assists against seven turnovers, and also is averaging 4.8 rebounds per game.
Asked what has impressed him the most about Bohannon’s recent play, Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said, “I think his floor game. Obviously he's shot it well, and for him and for us that's important. But he's playing the point, and you want him to be able to make plays for other people, get the ball to the right people, throw it inside. But also we've been able to take advantage of the fact that he doesn't always have to have the ball. We've got other folks that can handle it and kind of move it around a little bit. But even then, he's finding people.
“I think the complete skill set that he provides as a scorer and as a passer — and just leadership and toughness, as well.”
The explanation of why Bohannon is playing well isn’t as simple as how he tried to explain it on Wednesday.
“My shooting sleeve, just to continue not to wear it, that will help me the most,” Bohannon joked.
Bohannon has often said he is feeling the best he’s felt in his career — he had hip surgery before last season, then a second surgery later in the year that ended his season.
He will get to face Indiana on Thursday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, the first time he’s faced the Hoosiers since the 2018-19 season, when he played two games against them that added to his legacy as a big-shot master.
Bohannon had 25 points, including 11 in the final 1 1/2 minutes, in a 77-72 win at Indiana. In the rematch later in the season, he scored 14 of his 17 points in the final 7:17 of a 76-70 overtime win.
Bohannon hit a fall-away 3-pointer that tied the game in the final seconds of the second half, then added three 3-pointers in overtime.
“That’s definitely going to rank up there among the top performances I’ve had here at Iowa,” Bohannon said.
He has plenty of more games to add to that resumé to end this season. But there is that battle with the parking police that is endearing him to Iowa fans even more.
“I will pray for them,” Bohannon said of the parking officers. “When I go to bed tonight, I’m going to down on my hands and knees … I’m going to pray for them tonight. Hopefully they’ll have some peace in themselves when they put on that uniform tomorrow.”
And then he couldn’t help but smile.