Iowa basketball recruits have many questions for their new coach, but they like what they know so far about Fran McCaffery.
"It sounds like he plays my kind of game," said Devyn Marble, one of four players who signed with Iowa during the November signing period.
"I'm looking forward to finding out what he's all about and see where he's coming from. I like what I've heard. People tell me he likes to get the ball up and down the floor. I'm good with that."
Marble, a 6-foot-5 wing player and the son of Hawkeyes career scoring leader Roy Marble, said he likes the notion that McCaffery's teams at Siena played an up-tempo game offensively and didn't hesitate to use some pressure defensively.
"That's my game, too," Marble said.
Incoming freshman Zach McCabe caught several Siena games on TV this season and from what the 6-7 forward from Sioux City Heelan can remember, he liked the style of play he saw from the Saints.
"They played at a pretty good pace. I feel like I can fit in with whatever I'm asked to do, but I liked the way that Siena team played," McCabe said. "I liked that team a lot."
Like Marble, McCabe said he is anxious to meet and talk with McCaffery.
"There's been some stress, not knowing who the new coach would be, and I'm glad that's over. It's been tough. Coach (Todd) Lickliter and the staff were all good guys. I think we all feel bad it didn't work out," McCabe said.
"I'm ready to get to know the new coach and move on. I want to talk and get to know him and what he's about and we'll take it from there."
McCaffery inherits a young roster.
Jarryd Cole will be the only senior on the roster next season. In addition to the four incoming freshmen, a group that includes 6-9 Cody Larson of Sioux Falls, S.D., and 6-2 Ben Brust of Mundelein, Ill., Iowa returns four juniors and four sophomores from this season's 10-22 team.
McCaffery has one scholarship to work with immediately, an opening created when Anthony Tucker asked for and was granted his release in February.