Todd Lickliter is no stranger to adversity.
Since taking over as head coach of the Iowa Hawkeye men's basketball team, he has dealt with two losing seasons, numerous player transfers and several player injuries and illnesses.
Coach Lickliter was hoping this season would be a little different than the last two, but it seems reality has a different plan.
6'9" Forward Devon Archie, a junior college transfer from Vincennes Community College in Indiana, suffered a shoulder injury during practice this week. He is expected to be out of commission up to seven weeks, meaning he will likely miss the beginning of the season.
On paper, Archie's numbers aren't that impressive. He was only a part-time starter at Vincennes Community College, averaging almost seven points and six rebounds a game as a sophomore.
On the court, his size and athleticism were something the small Hawkeye team needed in the post.
Some have mentioned Archie's jumping ability resembles that of another former Iowa junior college transfer, Reggie Evans.
Evans, a 6'8" forward transfer from Coffeyville Community College in Kansas, attended Iowa in 2001 and 2002 and led the Big Ten Conference in rebounding both years. While it is unlikely Archie would match Evans' performance, his rebounding ability is something that could benefit a guard-centric team known for three-point shooting.
If Archie heals as expected, he should be back in action for Lickliter and the Hawkeyes around the time Iowa heads to Ames to play for the Cy-Hawk trophy. That will give Archie and the team a little time to prepare together before the Big Ten season starts on December 29.
Hopefully this is just a minor bump in the road for Lickliter and company.
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