The Hawkeyes basketball team is back at practice gearing up for a productive 2022-2023 season. On Tuesday, a few of the players took some time to meet with the media to discuss some of the top storylines. Let’s dive into some of the quick hits. There will be stories throughout the next few days about the interviews.
** Ahron Ulis has been making his main focus this offseason being his jump shot and his vocal leadership. The third-year point guard said that with Jordan Bohannon and Joe Toussaint in the mix, he wanted to give energy off the bench, but allow the leaders to lead. With him potentially stepping into the starting role, he mentioned that he wants to make his voice heard this year on both ends of the floor and be someone that his teammates can rely on.
** Patrick McCaffery says one of his biggest focuses this season is playing more on two feet. He recognizes that there were times he would get too fancy with his footwork and play off one foot. He wants to play more in control as well as take and make more threes. He believes that the team will have plenty of players that can step up and hit more threes. McCaffery believes that Payton Sandfort can hit ‘triple’ the three-pointers that he did during his freshman season. That would be on pace for 102.
** Riley Mulvey says that it was added motivation that Iowa went after a big man in the portal and didn’t land one. He said that it’s up to him and Josh Ogundele to step up this offseason and next season and prove that they deserve to hold down the spot. Mulvey says that he went through a rough stretch his freshman season, but wants to become a dominant low-post defender.
** McCaffery said that Keegan Murray’s top-five projection is a testament to his hard work. He said that if you asked him in August of Keegan’s freshman year that he wouldn’t have believed that he would be a future top-five pick. McCaffery also suggested that if Keegan was a year or two younger that he would be the number one or two overall pick, but there’s too much bias with younger prospects.
** Tony Perkins said that he is shooting the ball at a good clip right now. After being inserted into the starting lineup, he began to really gain his confidence and knows that he can contribute at a high level. He wants to continue to improve on his three-point shot and says that a lingering shoulder injury is 100 percent healthy.
** Filip Rebraca has gotten his swagger back over the last month. Ulis suggested that Rebraca is shooting the ball at a higher level than he did last year and is playing some of the more consistent basketball he has during his time at Iowa. Rebraca also said that he understands how the Big Ten officiating works and believes it will contribute to higher production next season.
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