Iowa added a third member to its recruiting class of 2016 last week, as point guard Jordan Bohannon (Marion, Iowa) gave a verbal commitment to Fran McCaffery and the Hawkeyes. Iowa won the recruiting battle over the likes of DePaul, Lehigh, Drake, Northern Iowa, and South Dakota State. And even calling it a "battle" is a bit of a misnomer. Bohannon was planning on taking official visits to DePaul and Lehigh in the coming weeks, but said yes immediately when he received the offer from Iowa.
Bohannon comes from the epitome of a sports family. His father Gordy actually played quarterback for Iowa in the '80s. His brothers Jason and Zach played for Bo Ryan at Wisconsin and his brother Matt plays basketball at Northern Iowa. The Hawkeyes actually gave Jason an scholarship offer, but he declined.
The 5'10", 150 pound floor general has a 4-star rating from ESPN and is also rated as the top player in the state of Iowa. As a junior at Linn-Mar High School, Bohannon averaged 18 points and four assists per game while shooting 42 percent from behind the arc.
He has a high basketball IQ and is an above-average shooter and distributor. He's not an especially good slasher (thanks in part to his slight frame), but Bohannon is great at creating space for himself and scoring from the perimeter. His AAU coach Hank Huddleson described his game, mentioning that "He has really evolved into a guard that can really create space and he's learned to not put himself into bad situations as he has gotten older. He has always been able to shoot the ball from deep with consistency and he's just added more and more to his game. I think it's been important that as he has gotten stronger, he's become a better overall player."
Mike Gesell is set to graduate after this season and because of that it's possible that Bohannon will immediately be thrust into a starting role. The other guards on Iowa's roster--namely Peter Jok, Andrew Fleming, and Isaiah Moss--mainly play off the ball, and at this point it appears that Bohannon will be the only true point guard on the roster for the 2016-17 season.
Bohannon plays his AAU ball for Martin Brothers, along with two other members of Iowa's 2016 recruiting class. This summer he helped lead Martin Brothers to an AAU national title in Louisville. And though the three of them have only played in one event together, Bohannon, 6'7" forward Cordell Pemsl, and 6'9" forward Ryan Kriener have great chemistry already, at least according to their AAU coach. When talking about the trio, head coach Huddleson stated that "Jordan and Cordell definitely have good chemistry because they played together for a couple years. Ryan joined us this spring and he and Jordan played well together for us during the spring and summer."
With Iowa due to lose a lot of production after the upcoming season, next year's freshman class will have to adapt quickly to the college game. By all accounts, Bohannon and company will be able to do just that.