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Prime Time is back…finally

Hawk Talk
Jordan Bohannon scored 27 points, including 7-10 from 3-point range, in his Prime Time League debut June 30 in North Liberty. (photo by Shianne Fisher)

The Prime Time League (PTL) opened in North liberty on Thursday, June 30, two weeks later than normal.
Hawk fans got to see four of the new recruits and they were as good as advertised.
Starting with Tyler Cook, the 6-8, 240-pound big man was a four-star recruit coming out of St. Louis. He showed power, speed and a great presence around the basket.
Tyler is able to dunk with either hand and might be the best athlete Fran McCaffery has recruited.
The big guy finished with 27 points and eight rebounds in his first game.
“It’s been great,” said Tyler about coming to Iowa City. “Workouts are challenging but they’re good. Everybody is working hard and we all know that there are some starting spots open. We have a lot of talent and a lot of young guys.”
Tyler was playing against sophomore Ahmad Wagner and Ahmad did his best to hang with Tyler.
“Tyler is super-athletic,” said Ahmad. “He’s going to be good for us this year. I’m happy we have him.”
Randy Larson said Tyler is the real deal.
“I think he has the impact to not only be a starter but a star,” said Randy. “My guess is that he’s going to be a starter and an effective player.”
Jordan Bohannon also scored 27 points, including 7-10 from 3-point range.
“Jordan has an incredible jump shot,” said Randy. “Even with a guy on him he can shoot the step-back. He’s quick enough to go around people. He’s also the only one on the rooster that size (6-1). He’s going to be able to go around people. He might be the best natural 3-point shooter since Chris Kingsbury.”
Jordan grew up a Hawkeye fan and went to some football games at Kinnick.
“I was always a Hawkeye fan,” said Jordan, a graduate of Linn-Mar. “I remember watching Jeff Horner, Adam Haluska and Greg Brunner, too. It was a lot of fun to watch them. It was one of my dreams to play here since I was a kid.”
Maishe Dailey, a 6-foot-5 guard from Ohio, signed late with the Hawks, and was on Tyler’s team, that won.
“He almost signed with Rutgers,” said Randy, before the Hawkeyes got him. “It will be interesting to see. You have a lot of guys with similar sizes.”
Maishe finished with seven points, including a 3-pointer. He also had four assists.
“I’ve fit in really well,” said Maishe. “They’ve welcomed me with open arms.
Cordell Pemsl, a 6-8, 240-pound forward from Dubuque, had a tough start, poked in the eye early and not playing the rest of the game.
He came back in the second game Thursday, July 7, scored 16 points and showed power, quickness and a nice touch around the basket.
“He’s got some skills and he’s got a big body,” Randy said. “I think that’s the fun part of Prime Time this summer, there’s maybe 10 guys that we don’t know and we’re going to find out. For the first time in a long time, there are four starting positions that no one knows who is going to fill them. It’s going to be fun to watch.”
Cordell grew up a Hawkeye fan, too.
“I committed after my sophomore year,” said Cordell. “I just knew I always wanted to come here. I was just trying to work hard enough so I could get that scholarship. When coach McCaffery offered me, I knew I was going to take it. I committed then and I haven’t regretted it one time.”
The final recruit, Ryan Kriener (6-9, 240 pounds), was held out with an unknown illness.
“For the rumors, I don’t have mono,” said Ryan. “It’s just an unknown illness at this point.”
Ryan worked out with the Hawks before being sidelined and said coach McCaffery wanted him to step out and shoot the ball.
“Ryan has outside skills, he’s an outside shooter,” said Randy.
Isiah Moss, who redshirted last season, made his debut with 34 points, including 10-11 free throws.
Another 6-6 guard, Isiah showed he can hit from the outside (two 3-pointers) and drive to the basket.
Nic Bauer is back, after coming off the bench and giving the Hawks scoring, rebounding and defense.
“He’s a guy that’s team-first, pass-first,” said Randy. “He really showed a knack for hitting the big shot last year.”
Nic scored 20 and grabbed 11 rebounds in the first game.
Christian Williams (6-6, 200 pounds), who came on strong at the end of last season, has a good shot at starting point guard.
Christian played in 20 games last year, scored a season-best eight points, with three rebounds and two assists in a home loss to Indiana.
Christian has a 6-11 wing span and scored 18 points, including two 3-pointers, in the first Prime Time game.
Ahmad Wagner went up against Tyler Cook in the opening game, scored 14 points and had 11 rebounds.
If Ahmad can find an outside shot, he already has shown he can play inside.
Brady Ellingson played in 27 games last season and made at least one 3-pointer in nine games.
Brady fell out of the rotation late in the season when Christian Williams came on.
Brady scored 17 points, including three 3-pointers, in the first PTL game.
Dom Uhl had 20 points on opening night of Prime Time, including two 3-pointers. Dom played in 33 games last year with one start and led Iowa’s scorers off the bench.
“Dom is a returning veteran that produced well at times but it is an open question as to how consistent he will be,” said Randy. “He is a little bit of a man without a position as at center he is tough to guard at the 3-point line because he makes enough to be dangerous. He drives well when they are too close to him, but hasn’t really shown he can be a consistent scorer without a mismatch.”
That would create a solid starting front line: 6-9 Dom, 6-8 Tyler and 6-7 Ahmad.
And, you would have 6-7 Dale Jones, 6-8 Cordell, and 6-9 Ryan coming off the bench.
Peter Jok didn’t play in the first game due to injury.
“Pete continues to grow in maturity,” said Randy. “He needs to be more unfazed by physical play and his shot not dropping. He needs to compete on defense, at least occasionally guard great scorers and play physically.”
Pete will be the only returning starter from a team that went 22-11.
This reminds me a little of the 1970 team that lost four senior starters.
The 1970 team went 20-4, 14-0 in the Big Ten.
John Johnson (27.9 ppg.), Chad Calabria (19.1), Dick Jensen (3.1) and Glen Vidnovic (17.3) were the graduating seniors.
Fred Brown (17.9) was the only junior starter.
The following season, 1970-71, Dick Schultz replaced Ralph Miller, who went to Oregon State.
“Downtown” Freddie Brown, as he was later named in the NBA, averaged 27.6 points as a senior and Iowa dropped to 9-15, 4-10 in the Big Ten.
The difference could be Fran McCaffery is back as head coach and Iowa has some solid young players to work with next season.