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NORTH LIBERTY — Incoming Iowa freshman Ryan Kriener has missed most of the team’s summer workouts with an undisclosed illness. But it’s possible he might rejoin the on the floor fairly soon.
“First off, it’s kind of hard to be out, but I really wanted to come out and watch my friends and watch my guys play,” Kriener said Thursday night at the Prime Time League. “For the rumors, no, I don’t have mono. It’s just an unknown illness to this point, but I’m going up to the doctors on Friday to find out if I can get back to work. From how it sounds, I’ll be good to go. I’m not too worried.”
Kriener, a 6-foot-10 post player from Spirit Lake, averaged 22.4 points and 11.8 rebounds a game last year. He participated in two or three summer workouts before sitting out.
“Those on-court workouts were going good,” Kriener said. “For the guys here that know me, I’m a worker and I want to get back to work.”
Rumors sizzled on social media a few weeks ago when Iowa football recruiting director Kelvin Bell tweeted at Iowa basketball player Ahmad Wagner to follow him on Twitter. Wagner, a 6-7 sophomore forward, was an all-state wide receiver at Wayne (Ohio) High School with scholarship offers from Kentucky among others.
So does that mean football is re-entering Wagner’s equation? Not hardly.
“Let me nip that in the bud. I’m all on the court,” Wagner said. “I’m not ready for that yet. I’m good.
“I had a teammate back at my old school Wayne, and he’s a pretty good at football. (Bell) basically said to tell him that Iowa’s a nice school and to know that if he wants to come visit, he’s welcome. Nothing for me, though.”
Now what if the football program asked about him three years down the road?
“Maybe,” Wagner said with a laugh.
Incoming Iowa freshman guard Maishe Dailey hails from Beachwood (Ohio) High School, located about 11 miles east of downtown Cleveland. Like most young basketball players in northeast Ohio, Dailey grew up a Cavaliers fan. And like all long-suffering Cavs fans, Dailey was thrilled when Cleveland rallied from a 3-1 deficit to beat Golden State in the NBA finals.
“When the buzzer sounded, I ran around the locker room, and the whole team was watching the game in the locker room,” Dailey said. “The buzzer sounded, I just ran around the whole arena.”
The Cavs’ win was the first major sports championship for a Cleveland-based team in 52 years.
Iowa players Dale Jones and Peter Jok attended the first night of Prime Time League action but did not participate. Jones remains out after ACL surgery, while Jok was withheld because of turf toe, according to the official scorebook. Freshman Cordell Pemsl was hit in the eye early in his team’s game and didn’t return. He didn’t take a shot on Thursday.
NEW VIDEO COORDINATOR
One day after promoting Al Seibert to director of operations, Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery announced former player Courtney Eldridge will replace Seibert as video coordinator.
Eldridge played basketball at UNC-Greensboro under McCaffery from 1998-2002. He later played basketball for 12 years abroad. He was a two-time first-team all-Southern Conference selection and had his No. 23 jersey retired in 2002.
“Courtney is a perfect fit for our staff and the University of Iowa,” McCaffery said in a statement. “Courtney was a great player and leader when he played for me at UNCG. He is an extremely hard working individual, who has tremendous character and basketball experience that will benefit our players and coaches.”
IOWA FINALIZES SCHEDULE
Iowa men’s basketball finalized its non-conference schedule by adding two opponents to the 2016-17 season.
The Hawkeyes’ late additions include Stetson (12-22) and Delaware State (7-25). The rest of the games were previously reported by The Gazette.
Here’s a look at the Iowa schedule (all games at Carver-Hawkeye Arena except those noted):
Nov. 4 — Regis University (D-II exhibition)
Nov. 11 — Kennesaw State (11-20)
Nov. 13 — Savannah State (16-16)
Nov. 17 — Seton Hall (25-9)
Nov. 20 — Texas-Rio Grande Valley (8-22)
NOv. 25 — vs. Virginia (27-8) at Destin, Fla.
Nov. 26 — vs. Memphis (19-15)/Providence (24-11) at Destin, Fla.
Nov. 29 — at Notre Dame (24-12)
Dec. 3 — Nebraska-Omaha (18-14)
Dec. 5 — Stetson (12-22)
Dec. 8 — Iowa State (23-12)
Dec. 17 — vs. Northern Iowa (23-13) at Des Moines
Dec. 20 — North Dakota (17-16)
Dec. 22 — Delaware State (7-25)
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