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New faces and new roles at Iowa Men’s Basketball media day

IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) – It’ll be a somewhat new look for the Iowa Hawkeyes Men’s Basketball team this year; losing forward and leading-scorer Tyler Cook, and still unsure how long they’ll be without all-time three-point leader Jordan Bohannon.

“He’s not practicing but he’s doing things on the floor,” Head coach Fran McCaffery said Wednesday of Bohannon. “We certainly don’t want him getting knocked to the floor on a drive the basket.”

McCaffery speculated it’ll be a few more weeks before the senior guard is practicing fully with the team.

In his place, a guild of redshirts will take to the floor this year for the first time, accompanied by some new faces.

“Coming to Iowa City has been a little ‘In the Making’ for me,” Valparaiso transfer Bakari Evelyn said when recalling how Iowa recruited him while in high school.

Evelyn started his collegiate career in the Big Ten with Nebraska before transferring to Valparaiso.

“This group was a group that fights,” Evelyn said of Iowa’s 2018-2019 season. “So, I think I fit right in with the culture of the team.”

Freshman Joe Toussaint joins the team from Bronx, New York.

“It’s a big culture shock but I’m having fun here. I’m here to take care of business,” Toussaint said.

Coach McCaffery also said he’s looking for sophomore guard Joe Wieskamp to be a more vocal leader this season.

“He has to understand that he has a voice -in the locker room, at crunch time. When he speaks, people are going to listen,” McCaffery said.

The Muscatine native averaged over 11 points per game last year but said he’s still trying to find his voice.

“It just starts by setting goals for myself; whether it’s saying something every time down the floor, or every time in the huddle,” Wieskamp said.

 

Travis Breese

Reporter, Iowa City

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