Iowa Basketball’s summer league is officially underway with the annual Prime Time League Draft taking place last night in North Liberty, Iowa. The Prime Time League is a great opportunity for players to work on their game and earn playing time for the upcoming season. In this post I’ll analyze the five most pressing issues that arose from last night’s draft.
Who went #1?
Aaron White was the first overall pick of the 2013 Prime Time League Draft. This pick comes as a slight surprise, considering that White will be trying for Team USA at the University World Games from June 24-30. White is definitely worthy of the first overall pick. He was one of two Hawkeyes to be named to last year’s the third team All-Big Ten team. The Strongsville, Ohio native is a versatile forward who is a nightmare to contain in the open court. White will tear up the Prime Time League if he’s not competing in Kazan, Russia for Team USA at the World Games.
Who will be the impact newcomer?
Peter Jok. This kid has got game. He was a top flight recruit during his freshman year of high school until a devastating PCL injury set him back for a couple of years. Jok struggled to regain his dominant form until his senior year of high school, where he was named Iowa’s Mr. Basketball. Jok the size, shooting ability, and basketball instincts to be an impact player right away for his Prime Time League head coach Ray Swetella. The incoming Hawkeye freshman average 23.6 points per game while shooting 42% from downtown during his senior year at Des Moines Valley High School.
What was the biggest Surprise?
It was a little shocking to see Zach McCabe picked in the first round ahead of talented players such as Jok and Gabe Olaseni. McCabe is a solid player but he struggled during his junior season. He saw a decrease in minutes and points per game as his role with the Hawkeyes was diminished. The Hawkeye senior will have to fight for playing time over the summer considering that Jared Uhtoff will be eligible for next season.
Who has the most to prove?
Josh Oglesby struggled mightily during his sophomore season. The sharp shooter looked lost at times. His shot wasn’t falling all season and his contributions on the court are limited outside of his shooting ability. Oglesby really needs to regain his confidence this summer. He has the potential to be a solid contributor for Fran McCaffery’s team, but he needs to get his act together. If he doesn’t, Iowa’s Mr. Basketball will be looking to take his spot in the rotation. This is a make or break summer for the Cedar Rapids, native.
Who drafted the best team?
Wiley veteran coach Ray Swetella picked up the best collection of talent in last night’s draft. His team is sponsored by Comfort Care Medicare and Mike Gatens Real Estate. Swatella’s roster features three Hawkeye players, Jok, Kyle Meyer, and Adam Woodbury. Woodbury and Meyer form a fearsome 1-2 punch down low. Meyer can play inside or step outside to hit a 15-17 foot jumper, which should allow Woodbury to operate with more space in the paint. Swetella did a nice job of surrounding his big men with solid shooters capable of lighting up the scoreboard. Southeastern Community College teammates and brothers Michael and Steven Soukup are solid basketball players who’ll space the floor and create for others. Jason Price played for Iowa nearly fifteen years ago and the 35 year-old point guard is expected to bring experience and leadership to a young squad.
The competition should be fairly even this summer. Iowa’s basketball players will use this opportunity to refine and expand their skillsets. Prime Time League action starts on Thursday night. There will be a games at 6 and 7:30pm. Action will continue on Sunday with games at 3 and 4:30 pm. For more information look at the related links section for the complete summer schedule.