WOODY DEVELOPING: Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said sophomore center Adam Woodbury has been “the most impressive player on the team since we began practice.’’
Woodbury, who averaged just 4.9 points per game while starting all 38 games as a freshman, said he is feeling much more comfortable in the Hawkeyes’ offense, although he said scoring isn’t necessarily his biggest job anyway.
“I don’t have to go out there and score 20 points a game for us,’’ he said. “We’ve got enough scorers, enough shooters. I don’t have to be that guy. I’m willing to fill my role and just play defense and rebound. Anything else that’s needed I’ll try to help as much as I can.’’
MARBLE’S THE POINT: McCaffery said 6-foot-6 senior Devyn Marble definitely will be the starting point guard, but he admitted that Marble will occasionally be shifted around to other spots on the floor with Mike Gesell or Anthony Clemmons handling the point.
“I think while he is going to be our starting point guard, I'm going to move him around, I'm going to get him the ball in different situations where he can be more creative,’’ McCaffery said. “He's always played well from the wing, he's always played well on the baseline … we will take advantage of his entire skill set.’’
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GESELL READY: Oft-injured sophomore point guard Mike Gesell said he finally is 100 percent healthy again. McCaffery said Gesell, who had a foot injury at the end of last season, was playing very well during the summer before suffering a broken hand in the Prime Time summer league, which kept him from playing on the team’s European tour in August.
“It was very frustrating, especially coming off an injury, getting healed up and then getting hurt again,’’ Gesell said. “But I was still able to go, spend time with my teammates, gain a lot of cool experiences. Overall, it was a successful trip. I just think it has me fresh and ready to go for this year.’’
FACING K-STATE: Each college basketball team is allowed one preseason scrimmage behind closed doors so the Hawkeyes will be facing Kansas State, coached by former Illinois coach Bruce Weber, a week from Sunday. That and a Nov. 3 exhibition game with Augustana at Carver-Hawkeye Arena will serve as tuneups for the Nov. 8 season opener with UNC-Wilmington.