The Tip-Off 2018: Minutes Breakdown for Iowa Hoops

By RossWB on November 8, 2018 at 3:42 pm
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With an Iowa roster that could easily go 11-deep, a pressing question emerges: how do you divvy up minutes for all those guys? There are 200 minutes per game to spread around; let's take a crack at how Fran might distribute minutes this year. Keep in mind that these projected totals are averages over the course of the season -- the starters are obviously going to play less against the likes of UMKC, Alabama State, and Savannah State, while the bench mob is going to get less run in Big Ten games. 

STARTERS

Jordan Bohannon

Last Year: 32 mpg
This Year: 31 mpg

Bohannon led Iowa in minutes played last year and figures to do the same this year. He's still Iowa's top option at point guard and he's still their best shooter; they're going to need him on the court a lot. The difference this year is that he likely won't be playing all those minutes exclusively at point guard; the presence of a healthy Connor McCaffery should allow JBo to spend more time at shooting guard

Isaiah Moss

Last Year: 24 mpg
This Year: 24 mpg

I don't see Moss' role -- or minutes -- changing much this year. He's still Iowa's best option on the wing (if he we consider Wieskamp more of a 3 than a 2, which I do) and Iowa's uneven roster construction means they have a lot more front court players than they do back court options. Unless Maishe Dailey has an absolutely breakout year, I see Moss getting similar action to what he saw last year. 

Joe Wieskamp

Last Year: n/a
This Year: 20 mpg

Wieskamp is the only real notable addition to Iowa's lineup from last year, but the lack of departures also means that there aren't many available minutes for him to suck up. Iowa started Jack Nunge, Cordell Pemsl, and Nicholas Baer at various times in this spot last year; they averaged around 16-21 minutes. I think Wieskamp will be good enough to make an instant impact on both ends of the floor (particularly important for a team that needs defensive improvement) and too good to take off the floor for long. I briefly wondered if 20 mpg was too low, but erred on the side of caution. 

Tyler Cook

Last Year: 28 mpg
This Year: 30 mpg

Cook seems destined to assume an even bigger role on the court this year, as a leader, a playmaker, and a scorer, but Iowa's wealth of front court options might make it difficult for him to get huge minutes, especially with the fast pace Iowa likes to play at. That said, Fran hasn't been shy in the past about playing his best guys 30 minutes or more, so I think 30 is around the floor for his minutes this year. This Iowa team is going to be Tyler Cook's team. 

Luka Garza

Last Year: 22 mpg
This Year: 21 mpg

Garza figures to see lighter minutes early in the season as he recovers from his preseason surgery to remove a cyst, but by the time league play heats up in January, I think he'll be back to his usual workload. As with Cook, Iowa's slew of options up front could (and probably will) cut into his minutes, but Garza's energy and offensive skill should give him the leg up on the other bigs in terms of playing time in the post. 

THE BENCH

Nicholas Baer

Last Year: 21 mpg
This Year: 20 mpg

The arrival of Wieskamp should enable Baer to go back to what has been his best role historically: the sixth man and first guy off the bench for Iowa. (Although I am curious to see how much Iowa uses a lineup with Cook as a small-ball 5 with JBo, Moss, Wieskamp, and Baer around him...) Baer has excelled in that role in the past and I think he'll do the same as a senior, assuming his shooting touch has again been located. Even if it hasn't, he'll provide value with his hustle, defense, and rebounding. 

Ryan Kriener

Last Year: 10 mpg
This Year: 10 mpg

Kriener figures to be the main backup for Garza at center (depending on how much Iowa wants to use small-ball lineups with Cook or Pemsl at the 5) and I don't think his minutes load will change much from what he saw last year. His shooting touch and rebounding will be welcome when he's on the court, but until he can cut down his fouls, it's going to be hard for him to see too many more minutes. 

Connor McCaffery

Last Year: 13 mpg (in four appearances)
This Year: 16 mpg

McCaffery only played 53 minutes total in his four appearances before injuries and illness scrapped his freshman season and led to a redshirt. Now that he's (finally) healthy, though, he should assume the backup point guard spot that Iowa struggled to fill last year. I've got him penciled in for the nine minutes a game Bohannon is rested, plus another 6-7 minutes a game when he can handle point guard duties and JBo can switch to shooting guard. 

Maishe Dailey

Last Year: 17 mpg
This Year: 12 mpg

A healthy McCaffery should cut into Dailey's minutes as he saw a bump last year because he was pressed into duty as a backup point guard, even though that's not a role for which he's particularly well-suited. He should serve as Moss' main backup this year and in that role 12 mpg looks about right. 

Cordell Pemsl

Last Year: 16 mpg
This Year: 12 mpg

Jack Nunge

Last Year: 16 mpg
This Year: 4 mpg

These guys both figure to lose out with the arrival of Wieskamp (who's simply a much better fit at the 3 than either guy) and the slight rise in minutes for Cook. Iowa simply has too many guys who can play at the 4; that's the best spot on the court for Cook, Baer, Pemsl, and Nunge -- you can give them a few minutes at the 3 here and some at the 5 there, but there still just aren't that many minutes to go around. I think Nunge will be the big loser in terms of minutes and a redshirt might be worth consideration. The good news for both guys is that there ought to be a lot more minutes available at the 4 next year, with Baer graduating and Cook quite possibly opting to take his talents professionally after this season. For this year, though, they're likely going to have to make the most of pretty limited chances. 

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