Friday, April 20, 2007

Tyler Smith will average 0.0 points for the Hawkeyes in 2007-08

Horrible news from Iowa City today: Tyler Smith is being released from his scholarship at the UI. That's right, the only guy coming back who even seemed capable of leading the team in scoring last year is getting out of town. He would rather spend a year not playing basketball at all than playing for the Hawkeyes.

The situation is indeed dire in Iowa City now. The Hawkeyes lose a capable (if not terribly efficient) scorer, their leading rebounder, and their best defender. Smith has an innate sense of the game that most of the rest of the team just doesn't have; he and Haluska were the only two guys on the team who ever seemed to be in the right place at the right time.

Here's what Iowa can look forward to next year. If you're squeamish, you may want to go here instead.

C: Seth Gorney (7'0", 245), David Palmer (6'9", 240)
PF: Cyrus Tate (6'8", 240), Kurt Looby (6'10", 210), Jarryd Cole (6'7", 220)
SF: J.R. Angle (6'7", 205)
SG: Justin Johnson (6'6", 190), Jake Kelly (6'6", 170)
PG: Tony Freeman (6'1", 185), Jeff Peterson (6'0", 185)

Lickliter's certainly got his work cut out for him. Nobody on the roster right now looks like an all-conference player. The only two guys who have shown any proficiency for scoring are Johnson and Freeman, and both have games that are fatally flawed: Johnson seems barely interested on defense, and Freeman contributes to more easy buckets for the opposition than for Iowa.

If Jeff Peterson has a late growth spurt in him, we'd sure like him to show up at 6'7" in September. Otherwise... yikes. Any chance O.J. Mayo wants to wear black and gold instead?

8 comments:

for JebusHChrist said...

That's just mean man. This couldn't have waited? You've ruined my night. My sincerest hope is that you and your family get...
I keed! I keed!

Anonymous said...

Well, ummm...shit

Deacon said...

Lickliter, that greedy bastard, should have dug into that paycheck of his and given Tyler the raise he deserved. What was Neal paying him, anyway?

Anonymous said...

"Smith has an innate sense where the store's security cameras are located that most of the rest of the team just doesn't have"

Anonymous said...

Don't kid yourselves, the players get plenty of "free" items to live off of. "free" remember.

Patrick said...

When do we get a new post? I'm bored without stuff to read!

JebusHChrist said...

Decided to take a month off, eh? Lazy hack.
You don't see Doug Gottlieb taking a month off.

Patrick said...

Any way you can track down how Horner and Brunner are doing overseas? I've looked them up a little bit, but I can't seem to find much in English (and my Dutch is a bit rough these days). Well, whenever you get back to posting, that is...