Lost: Matt Gatens, Bryce Cartwright, Andrew Brommer, Devon Archie, Branden Stubbs
Gains: Anthony Clemmons, Mike Gesell, Pat Ingram, Adam Woodbury, Kyle Meyer
After a rough first season with Iowa, Fran McCaffery's Hawkeyes finished No. 7 in the Big Ten last year, advanced to the second round of the NIT and finished with a record above .500.
The Hawkeyes now have the chance to improve on last season, as they return all but two key players: point guard Bryce Cartwright and shooting guard Matt Gatens.
In the backcourt, they return Josh Oglesby, Eric May and point-forward Roy Devyn Marble. Marble is the most intriguing of the three. At 6'6", he averaged 11.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists. He also made 22 of 56 three-point attempts.
Due to his size, he is not a traditional point guard, so the Hawkeyes will probably have to rely on either Oglesby or May to share the load as distributor.
Iowa returns a strong pair of forwards in Aaron White and Melsahn Basabe.
White broke onto the scene immediately as a freshman last year, posting 19 points and 10 rebounds in his college debut. He went on to average 11.1 points and 5.7 rebounds.
Basabe, a junior, was also great as a rookie with 11 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, but last year those numbers dipped to 8.2 points and 4.8 boards. The Hawkeyes need him to produce like he did as a freshman.
Heading Iowa's very solid recruiting class are top 100 recruits Mike Gesell and Adam Woodbury. Gesell, a point guard, posted 25.2 points and 8.2 assists during his junior year of high school, and Woodbury, a 7'1" center, averaged 17 points and 11.6 rebounds last year.