Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 6/4/13
The Hawkeyes men’s basketball team will be looking to make their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2006 in the upcoming season. In order to do so, the big men will have to work on their skillsets during the offseason. Iowa made significant strides in head coach Fran McCaffery’s third year. The Hawkeyes racked up 25 wins, finished in the top half of the Big Ten, and made it to the NIT Championship game. Nine key contributors from last year’s team will be back and Iowa will add talented newcomers Jared Uthoff and Peter Jok. Sophomore to be center Adam Woodbury came to Iowa City as one of the top 50 recruits in the class of 2012. The Sioux City native had an inconsistent first year on campus. The talent and offensive   skill set is there. He has the ability to average a double-double. To do so, Woodbury will have to bulk up and refine his skills. The brunt of his workload should take place in the weight room. He’s only 230 pounds, which is fairly light for his seven foot frame. The Black and Gold big man had difficulty against teams with physically imposing post presences, like Michigan State’s Adrian Payne and Derrick Nix. He competed hard but looked over-matched against the Big Ten elite.  If Woodbury can put on 15-20 pounds of muscle then he could see a jump similar to the one Meyers Leonard made in his second season at the University of Illinois. Gabe Olaseni is the backup center on the Iowa roster. The junior to be is 6’10 225 and possesses great athleticism capable of drawing oohs and ahhs from the crowd. The England native is still raw as he’s relatively new to the game of basketball. Olaseni is already an active defensive presence in the paint for the Hawkeyes. When he and Melshan Basabe are on the floor they combine to create a daunting shot-blocking tandem that controls the paint. What he needs to work on is developing a more consistent offensive attack. Olaseni has potential to be a dangerous post player if he can add a few go to post moves along with a consistent midrange jumper to his offensive repertoire. Overall the future is looking bright for McCaffery’s squad. The Hawkeyes will go into next season with NCAA tournament aspirations. The development of their centers will be important to a successful season. Olaseni and Woodbury need to major roles in 2013-2014 if the Hawkeyes want to make a postseason run.  

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Rockets have 'serious chance' at landing Chris Paul

MotoGP qualifying for the Dutch Grand Prix saw three frightening crashes Saturday

Report: Knicks attempted to move Joakim Noah with Kristaps Porzingis

Hornets GM mistakenly introduces Dwayne Bacon as Dwyane Wade

Three A's players knock first MLB homers in the same game

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Cuban-American businessman emerges as potential Marlins buyer

Charles Oakley: Kristaps Porzingis was ‘wrong’ to skip exit meeting

Ranking the toughest divisions in the NFL

Sixers already looking to extend Joel Embiid

WATCH: Klay Thompson fails miserably attempting a 360 dunk

Jays closer Roberto Osuna says he’s dealing with anxiety

Best of Yardbarker: Diana Taurasi makes history

The 'Finest running back from America’s Finest City' quiz

Players who need to turn around their season to save their teams

Sports & Politics Intersect: Washington gets a rare win

Three Up, Three Down: Flouting the written and unwritten rules of baseball

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Billy King Award for worst trade

Kicking it: David Villa isn't interested in a 'retirement tour'

Box Score 6/23: Philly continues to trust the process

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

The 'NBA Draft going back to school?' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Gary Payton Award for best trash talk of the year

College Basketball News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best of Yardbarker: Diana Taurasi makes history

The 'Finest running back from America’s Finest City' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Billy King Award for worst trade

Players who need to turn around their season to save their teams

Three Up, Three Down: Flouting the written and unwritten rules of baseball

Sports & Politics Intersect: Washington gets a rare win

Kicking it: David Villa isn't interested in a 'retirement tour'

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

The 'NBA Draft going back to school?' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker