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13 Days to B1G Basketball: Iowa Guard to Transfer

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The Hawkeyes lose guard Christian Williams.

NCAA Basketball: Iowa at Michigan State Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa got some untimely news this week with guard Christian Williams announcing that he was transferring from the program.

Last season Williams averaged 2.4 points and 1.6 assists in 12.8 minutes per game. While he mainly came off the bench in his 34 appearances, he did start six games for the Hawkeyes.

The departure of Williams leaves the Hawkeyes a bit thin at the point, but there is possibility that Iowa could play freshman Connor McCaffery to add some depth. McCaffery was set to redshirt this season, but that could possibly change now.

“After careful consideration and discussions with my family, I have asked for my release from the University of Iowa,” said Williams. “I would like to finish my athletic and academic goals closer to home.”

Iowa Wins First Exhibition Game

The Hawkeyes played an exhibition game against William Jewell last night. While the Hawkeyes struggled defensively in the first half, entering the break down 45-46, Iowa went on to score 60 points in the second half for a 105-81 victory.

Iowa was led in scoring by Jordan Bohannon, who scored 19 points and added 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Also reaching double figures were Luka Garza (17), Tyler Cook (16) and Jack Nunge (16).

Guard Isaiah Moss missed the second half of the game after suffering an injury, though it appears to not be significant.

“It’s not bad,” said head coach Fran McCaffery. “It stiffened up on him at halftime and decide not to push it. There was no sense doing that.”

The Hawkeyes have another scrimmage on Thursday against Belmont Abbey College. Iowa is set to open the season on the 10th against Chicago State.