Iowa added two players to its 2008 recruiting class on Wednesday. Junior college guard Devan Bawinkel and high school forward Aaron Fuller fulfilled their earlier verbal commitments by signing letters of intent to continue their career with the Hawkeyes. Bawinkel began his college career at West Virginia, but returned to his home state of Illinois to play at Highland Community College after Bob Huggins was hired to take over the Mountaineers program. A versatile guard with good range, he averaged 13.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists and set a school record with 10 3-point baskets for Highland in a game against Kankakee. Fuller is a late bloomer who attracted recruiters after evolving from a back-to-the-basket post player as a junior to a player who displayed good range as a senior from a forward's position. The Mesa High School senior was named the Arizona 4A-5A player of the year by the Arizona Republic while averaging 24.7 points and 11.6 rebounds as a senior. Coach Todd Lickliter on the newest of the six recruits he has signed for next fall: On Bawinkel: "Devan is a proven winner who joins our program with two years of college experience. He is an excellent scorer who complements his game with his overall intensity.'' On Fuller: "Aaron is a very versatile player who can be effective both facing or with his back to the basket. He's very conscientious in his preparation. His strength, work ethic and physical abilities make him a solid defensive player as well.'' Guards Matt Gatens of Iowa City High, Anthony Tucker of Minnetonka, Minn., and Jermain Davis of Kirkwood Community College and forward Andrew Brommer of Rosemount, Minn., signed with Iowa in November.
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Iowa will visit Boston College in the 10th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge, the conference announced today. The Hawkeyes have a road game in this year's event and will play in Boston on Tuesday, Dec. 2, the first meeting between Iowa and Boston College since 1974. BC won the only previous meeting between the schools. The road test will test the Hawkeyes in more ways than one next season. It comes shortly after Iowa plays in the Las Vegas Invitational. The Hawkeyes are scheduled to join Kentucky, Kansas State and West Virginia in a bracket that will play in Las Vegas on Nov. 28-29. This year's ACC/Big Ten Challenge match-ups include a game between North Carolina and Michigan State that will be played at Ford Field in Detroit on Dec. 3. The event tips off on Dec. 1, when Wisconsin plays at Virginia Tech. In addition to the Iowa game on Dec. 2, Duke visits Purdue, Clemson is at Illinois, Ohio State travels to Miami and Virginia is at Minnesota. On Dec. 3, Indiana is at Wake Forest, Michigan visits Maryland, Florida State is at Northwestern and Penn State travels to Georgia Tech.
It was 52 weeks ago today that Todd Lickliter was introduced as the new basketball coach at Iowa. The competitiveness of the coach Gary Barta hired probably leaves him less-than-satisfied with the on-court results of his first season in Iowa City. I'd argue that a pretty solid foundation is in the process of being laid, both in terms of recruiting and in terms of players currently in the program settling into a new system. The 2007-08 season was clearly a year of transition. I'd be interested in your take on where you feel this program is at one year after a new coach settled into his office in Iowa City.