Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 6/11/13
The Prime Time League is a summer basketball league for current/former collegiate athletes and rising stars in the state of Iowa. Prime Time Basketball is a nonprofit organization that was founded by Randy Larson. This year will be league’s 27th installment and the first event of the season will take place over the upcoming weekend in North Liberty, Iowa. The draft will be held on June 16 and many Iowa Basketball players are worthy of the top overall selection. There are several factors that’ll determine whose selected number one on June 16. Let’s look at the potential candidates. Devyn Marble There’s no doubt he is the best player on Iowa Basketball’s roster.  Marble was the Hawkeyes leading scorer last season averaging 15 points per game. He fueled Iowa’s run to the NIT Final, establishing himself as one of college basketball’s up and coming talents. Many presume that Marble is a lock to be chosen at number one, but not so fast. Marble will be trying out for a number of select All-Star leagues this summer, including the University World Games squad, putting his participation in jeopardy. The future Hawkeye senior will be the most talented player in the Prime Time League if he decides to participate. He’s the very versatile, highly skilled, and an accomplished athlete. However, it’s doubtful that he’ll be playing in North Liberty this summer. Mike Gesell Basketball has become a point-guard driven sport, and Gesell is the best floor general left if Marble decides to take his talents elsewhere this summer. The Black and Gold freshman was the second overall pick in last year’s draft. Gesell performed fairly well for his first season on campus. He was the only Hawkeye freshman to record more than 295 point, 85 assists, and 85 rebounds in a single season. The Sioux City, NE native improved as a leader and a player during his first year in Iowa City. Gesell is a gutsy competitor who would be a welcomed addition to any of the six Prime Time League rosters. Jared Uhtoff Uthoff was the first overall pick in the 2012 Prime Time League draft. Uhtoff might be the best player you’ve never heard of on Iowa’s roster. Coming out of high school, the 6-8’ stretch forward drew comparisons to Gordon Hayward, not bad company to be in. The third year forward will finally be eligible to compete next season. He sat out the past two seasons because of NCAA restrictions regarding redshirts and transfers. With that being said, Uhtoff be more determined than ever to earn playing time on Fran McCaffery’s loaded roster. The former Wisconsin Badger is a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses. He’s capable of consistently hitting perimeter jumpers, driving to the basket, and making plays for his teammates. It wouldn’t be a surprise if Uhtoff was taken number one for the second consecutive year. Adam Woodbury Woodbury’s freshman season was filled with more downs than ups, but that was to be expected. He averaged 4.9 points and 4.8 rebounds while receiving approximately 16 minutes per game.  It takes more time for big men to adjust to the collegiate game. There were instances where Woodbury looked outmatched last year playing down low. He should be spending plenty of time in the weight room in order to get his body ready for conference play. Otherwise, the seven-foot lefty already has a quality offensive skillset, which is why he’s on this list instead of Gabe Olaseni. Skilled big men are hard to come by so many Prime Time teams will have Woodbury on their radar. The big fella has a chance to dominate this summer if he shows more heart, hustle, and muscle. Either way the Prime Time League should aid Woodbury’s growth and development heading into his sophomore season, which is good news for the Black and Gold. Aaron White White’s situation is similar to Marble’s. He’s definitely capable and worthy of being the first overall selection for the Prime Time League’s 2013 edition. The problem is he’ll miss time trying out for the University World Games basketball team with Marble. White isn’t likely to get selected for the team since he’s listed at center – not his natural position – on the training camp roster. The sophomore’s ability to stretch the floor is similar to Uhtoff’s, making him a dangerous offensive threat. He’s a smooth athlete who always seems to be in the right place at the right time on the court. He was the Hawkeyes leading rebounder, second leading scorer, and got selected to the third team All-Big Ten. Additionally, White is the Hawkeyes best finisher in the open court. Keep an eye out for highlight reel dunks if he plays in the Prime Time League this year. All these players are deserving of the Prime Time League’s first overall pick. Most, it not all, will be first round selections on June 16. But in the end, it seems as if Uhtoff will more than likely be picked number one for the second straight year. This is due to the fact that Marble and White will be missing in action for parts of the summer while Gesell and Woodbury aren’t quite as good as Iowa’s 2011 Mr. Basketball.
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