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Continued: Iowa's Jarrod Uthoff eager to play after contentious transfer from rival Wisconsin

  • Article by: LUKE MEREDITH , AP Sports Writer
  • Last update: June 28, 2013 - 11:35 AM

The Hawkeyes are happy to add Uthoff, now on scholarship, to what could be their best team in nearly a decade.

Uthoff can stretch the floor as a big man with a mid to long-range jump shot and improved ball-handling skills. Uthoff also has the size and athleticism to score from the blocks through tip-ins or dunks, and he can defend multiple positions.

"Jarrod has been playing really well this summer. He can hit outside shots, and obviously he creates matchup problems for those post guys inside," Iowa senior forward Zach McCabe said. "He was always working on his game, just getting ready. Just talking to him, he's sick of sitting out. He wants to play."

Uthoff will join a crowded frontcourt that includes centers Adam Woodbury and Gabe Olaseni and McCabe, star Aaron White and Melsahn Basabe at forward.

Even with all that depth, Uthoff should push for significant playing time on a team expected to finish in the top half of the Big Ten and snap a seven-year NCAA tournament drought.

"I couldn't be happier. I'm with a great team. I love my teammates, and I'm having a lot of fun," Uthoff said.

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