Iowa lost just Jarryd Cole from a 2010-11 basketball team that made significant strides under coach Fran McCaffery in his first season.
Despite all that returning experience from that 11-20 team, freshmen have led the Hawkeyes in scoring in three of four games this season heading into Wednesday’s 7:05 p.m. game with Campbell. Is that a good thing or a bad thing?
“I think it’s a good thing,” McCaffery said Wednesday.
Cole averaged 8 points and 6.3 rebounds last season, but his value to the team was more significant than those numbers.
“We miss Jarryd a lot more than people thought we would,” McCaffery said. “He was the glue guy who could defend in the post. He was quick. We’ve got to replace than enforcer in the post.”
Freshman forward Aaron White scored 19 points in the opener against Chicago State, matching Dick Ives (1943 against Nebraska) as the most points ever scored by an Iowa player in his first game.
Freshman guard Josh Oglesby has led Iowa in scoring the last two games with 16 points against Northern Illinois and 14 points against Creighton. Oglesby is the first bench player to lead the Hawkeyes in scoring in back-to-back games since 1998. Ricky Davis, also a freshman, had 25 points at Wisconsin on Feb. 3 and 18 points at Michigan State Feb. 7.
“I don’t think it’s to be unexpected,” McCaffery said. “I said Josh is special, and I think Aaron White is special. So they’re going to score.”
McCaffery said Oglesby, from Cedar Rapids Washington, has NBA range on his jumper.
“He’s a terrific passer, and he handles the ball well,” McCaffery said. “He’s not a mistake guy, and he’s battling on defense. He’ll guard you. He might miss some shots, but he doesn’t play like a freshman.”
McCaffery would like to see more rebounds out of the 6-8 White (averaging a team-best 5.3 boards), and better defense.
“As good as Aaron has looked on offense, his defense is not where it should be,” McCaffery said.
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