With the Iowa basketball team groveling in the lower reaches of the Big Ten standings this season, some fans may have thought that a few of the players who have transferred out of the Hawkeyes’ program over the past few years might have been able to help.
Then again, maybe not.
Andrew Fleming, Brandon Hutton, Trey Dickerson and Dale Jones are all still out there playing for NCAA Division I programs this season, but for the most part, they aren’t playing that much or that well.
Fleming, who probably was the most highly regarded recruit in the Hawkeyes’ 2015 recruiting class (which included current players Isaiah Moss and Ahmad Wagner), has landed at Lipscomb University in his native Nashville. He has played in all 25 games this season but is averaging only 9.3 minutes and 3.5 points per game, and is shooting 31 percent from the field and 17.1 percent from 3-point range.
Brandon Hutton, also a part of that 2015 class, has started 13 games this season for Northwestern State in Natchitoches, Louisiana, following a stopover at Indian Hills Community College. He averages 17.3 minutes per game and is contributing 4.4 points and 2.8 rebounds per game although he has shot only 35.1 percent from the field. Northwestern State, however, is 3-20 and has not won a game since Dec. 9.
Dickerson, the much traveled junior college transfer who left Iowa after playing sparingly in the 2014-15 season, seemed to have finally found a home last season when he averaged 10.3 points as the starting point guard at South Dakota. He even scored 10 points against Iowa in a first-round NIT game.
But he decided he could play at a higher level and departed as a graduate transfer to play his final season at Georgetown.
“They don’t really have anyone on the roster who plays like me,” Dickerson told the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. “The coaches told me it could be a great fit for me and the program.”
Then again, maybe not.
He hasn’t started a single game for the Hoyas, is averaging 11.9 minutes per game, shooting 38.5 percent from the field and 20 percent from 3-point range and providing just 3.3 points per game.
The one guy who is having a good year is Jones. He left Iowa as a graduate transfer after last season and has become a starter this season at North Dakota, averaging 11.5 points per game and leading the team in rebounding (6.7) and 3-point field goals (49).
The only other player to transfer out of the Iowa program in recent years is Christian Williams, who is sitting out this season after leaving the Hawkeyes in October and enrolling at Indiana State.
Pretty great Super Bowl, huh? Pretty weird one, too.
We saw things you just don’t see in NFL games. Both teams missed extra point kicks. Both teams threw passes to their quarterbacks. (Only one of them caught it.) There was one punt in the entire game. The Patriots and Tom Brady did not deliver in the clutch.
To some of us, this was the weirdest thing of all: They had a fighter jet flyover at the end of the national anthem.
The game was played in a domed stadium.
While the game itself was enthralling, it seemed like a bit of an off year for Super Bowl commercials. Not too many really good ones.
I did, however, get a giggle out of seeing Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. re-create the lift scene from Dirty Dancing.
You may have heard that Russell Wilson got traded this week.
No, the Seattle Seahawks have not decided to tank the upcoming season by getting rid of their star quarterback. The Texas Rangers swapped Wilson’s baseball rights to the New York Yankees for "future considerations."
It doesn’t really mean much since Wilson has no intention of trying to play a second sport, but it did open the door for a few wisecracks in the New York media. With the city’s other MLB franchise trying to make an outfielder out of Tim Tebow, some are saying both the Yankees and Mets have better quarterbacks than the Jets.