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The business of basketball

The past season has provided a quick lesson in the business of college basketball to players at Iowa.

Following a Prime Time League game Sunday, Eric May talked a bit about the coaching change and the transition that Hawkeye players have dealt with since the dismissal of coach Todd Lickliter in March and the replacement of Iowa’s assistant coaches.

“Something like what we’ve gone through puts everything in perspective pretty quickly,” May said. “A year ago, the sophomores here were just getting starting, getting to know the coaches and the system as freshmen. Now, we’re going through it all again. That’s not an easy thing to do.”

With four new incoming scholarship players and at least three walk-ons expected to join the program in the fall, May and the returning players aren’t alone.

“We’re all in the same boat, getting to know each other and it’s going well,” May said. “You feel for the old coaches. The assistants were all good guys and you hope for the best for them. The new guys are good people, too, and I think we’re all at a point where we’re moving on and trying to build a team for next season. What’s happened, it’s a lesson, something you never expect coming into college but something we are all dealing with.”

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