Fran McCaffery's first freshman class last year exceeded even Coach Fran's expectations.
Melsahn Basabe was a force underneath the basket, and even showed an ability to step out and hit a 15-foot jumper. Basabe averaged 11.0 points and 6.8 rebounds per game as a true freshman. His dedication to offseason work and the weight room will play a large role in how he improves this coming season.
Roy Devyn Marble was another player, much like Bryce Cartwright, who got better as the season went on. Marble played more two guard than point towards the end of the year, and it allowed him to score more.
His 18-point game against Indiana was his season high, but his scoring barrage to keep the Hawkeyes in the game against a hot Michigan team was the game that captured the fan's imaginations. Marble could feed off his late season play, and become more like his dad than many Hawkeye's fans expected.
The third sophomore returning is Zach McCabe. I do not remember a player that changed my opinion of him more in one game than McCabe had the ability to do. He had a knack for hitting a big three, putting the crowd strongly on his side, followed by shooting an air ball on a wide open look or committing a turnover the next time down.
As a true freshman, those mistakes are to be expected, just not as many as he made. If McCabe can become a smarter basketball player and improve his foot speed, this sophomore class could be the best in the Big Ten.