Basketball notes: Samford forward visits Iowa

Woodbury, Gesell to compete in Estonia and Finland this August

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IOWA CITY — Samford power forward Tim Williams is visiting Iowa today and has the potential to fill a need for the Hawkeyes’ men’s basketball squad.

Williams, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound forward, was the Southern Conference freshman of the year in 2012-13 and was named first team all-Southern Conference this year by league coaches. He finished fifth in scoring (17.6 ppg), fifth in rebounding (7.3) and first in field-goal percentage (60.3). He averaged 14.2 points and 7.1 rebounds as a freshman.

Hawkeye Report was the first news outlet to report Williams’ visit.

Williams originally hails from the Chicago area. He played football and basketball at Class 4A Homewood-Flossmoor (Ill.) High School and was a first-team all-area selection by the Northwest (Ind.) Times in football and basketball. He averaged 11.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 1.3 assists per game as a senior.

Originally, Williams committed to Florida International and Coach Isaiah Thomas. When Thomas was fired, Williams reopened his recruitment and signed late with Samford. Just two weeks ago, Samford Coach Bennie Seltzer left the program.

Iowa has two scholarships available for the upcoming season. Williams would be ineligible to compete this year, but would be able to play two more seasons. Williams already has visited New Mexico and Dayton and plans to visit Wisconsin, according to Hawkeye Report.

Iowa graduated power forwards Melsahn Basabe and Zach McCabe, and third-team all-Big Ten forward Aaron White will be a senior this season.

Gesell, Woodbury to compete in Europe

Incoming Iowa juniors Mike Gesell and Adam Woodbury will compete for the USA East Coast traveling basketball team in Estonia and Finland this summer.

The duo will train in New York City on July 31 and Aug. 1 and then fly to Estonia. Their team will play Estonia, Slovakia and France from Aug. 4 through Aug. 6. They will play a game in Helsinki, Finland on Aug. 7 before returning home.

Gesell, a 6-foot-1 point guard, led the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio last year. Woodbury, who stands 7-1, has started all 71 games in his Iowa career.

Iowa has sent several players to Estonia as part of this tour in recent years including Matt Gatens, Bryce Cartwright, Jarrod Uthoff and Zach McCabe.

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