Iowa basketball: End of the year report cards

As the Final Four culminates this weekend at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the season for the Iowa basketball team has long since come to a close. Opinions have been expressed and feelings have been shared, but now it’s time to take one last look at how each individual Hawkeye performed in 2013-14.

With that being said, here are your end of the year player report cards:

Mike Gesell: B 

With an assist to turnover ratio of greater than 3:1 (good enough for 12th highest in the nation), it’s hard to give Iowa’s starting point guard much less than a solid ‘B’ grade. Yes, Gesell was very inconsistent with his perimeter shooting and experienced a strange drop in free throw percentage from his freshman year, but his overall increased command of the offense showed marked improvement. A solid base has been set for this floor general to grow in the future.

Devyn Marble: A 

1st team All-Big Ten selection? Check.

Likely the first Hawkeye selected in an NBA Draft since 2007? Check.

A spot near the top of numerous statistical categories in Iowa basketball history? Check.

Devyn Marble accomplished all of these things in his final season donning the Black and Gold. Despite the ups and downs experienced by this Hawkeye team, Marble was largely the star that fans wondered if he could ever become. It was a true pleasure to witness firsthand the growth of the senior wing both offensively and defensively, all the while taking his team back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in eight years.

Aaron White: B 

As absurdly efficient as White shot the ball this past year (58.4 FG%, 80.7 FT%), he was often far too passive and inconsistent to become the second reliable scoring threat the Hawkeyes were searching for. Performances like his 25 point, 17 rebound display at Iowa State leave you wondering why he hasn’t yet made the same type of leap we saw Marble experience this season. The numbers were still very solid for the multi-faceted White, but he never quite became the level of difference maker his talent suggests he could be.

Melsahn Basabe: B- 

Basabe was one of the few strong interior presences for the Hawkeyes when on the floor this season. For better or worse his minutes were often squeezed by a deep rotation, but he gave his team the most consistent effort and energy of his career in my opinion.

Adam Woodbury: C+ 

The often criticized 7-footer once again had a difficult time finishing easy baskets inside and making the wisest decisions on the offensive end. We did learn that he can dunk (in a real game even), and it was nice to see a vast improvement in his free throw shooting. All in all, it’s hard to get overly enthused about Woodbury’s 2013-14.

Josh Oglesby: B 

After making his mid-season return from foot surgery, it was nice to see Iowa’s designated shooter actually make shots with some consistency once again (40% from 3). Oglesby had a few big games for the Hawkeyes, and more or less performed to the level that his role on the team required.

Zach McCabe: C+ 

Following a surprisingly productive non-conference portion of the season, it was difficult to watch McCabe struggle so mightily to close out his career at Iowa. As often as he seemed to take the wrong shot at the wrong time (see Feb. 22 vs. Wisconsin), you could never fault the effort and element of toughness that he brought to the team.

Gabe Olaseni: B+ 

Time and opportunity are seemingly all this steadily blossoming big man needs to continue his ascension as a formidable match-up for any opponent. Olaseni’s infectious energy and enthusiasm remained constant, and his offensive game expanded more and more each game. Although he still has plenty of room to grow, the 6-10 junior was by far the most valuable and productive reserve on the Iowa roster.

Jarrod Uthoff: B-

Uthoff flashed his immense potential on multiple occasions this past season, and at other times looked exactly like a guy playing in his first regular season of Division 1 basketball. With that being said, his versatility off of the bench provided an added element to the Hawkeyes. Next year will be the real test of his progression and ability as a player.

Anthony Clemmons: C 

I’m really not sure what happened to largely remove Clemmons from his back-up point guard duties as this season progressed. In the non-conference he had various moments of brilliance and productiveness on both offense and defense, but from about mid-January onward you’d be hard pressed to recall a single play he made.

Peter Jok: C+

To put it simply, Jok often looked like a freshman out on the floor. However, he did at times show promise as an offensive threat, and was certainly never afraid to look for his shot. The Des Moines native now has experience to draw on when he next hits the hardwood in 2014-15.

Fran McCaffery: B

Hawkeye fans can grumble about their team’s performance down the stretch of this season as much as they want. The bottom line is that McCaffery got the program back to the NCAA Tournament just like he set out to do when he took the job four years ago.Empty Carver Hawkeye

The forward direction and  incremental goals of Fran McCaffery and his staff have brought fans back to the previously empty seats of Carver Hawkeye Arena.

The forward direction and incremental goals of Fran McCaffery and his staff have brought fans back to the previously empty seats of Carver Hawkeye Arena.

Attendance increased to levels not seen for years, players saw noticeable development, and national exposure presented a new platform for the program to stand upon. 2013-14 was far from a perfect season for the Hawkeyes, but it was certainly a step in the right direction.

Much of the credit for that goes to the solid job done by Fran McCaffery.

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