IOWA CITY — Jarrod Uthoff visited 17 NBA clubs over a six-week period, yet the Iowa forward found no takers in Thursday night’s NBA draft.
A Marengo native and 2011 Cedar Rapids Jefferson graduate, Uthoff was a second- and third-team All-American by most outlets but went undrafted. He became the Hawkeyes’ first consensus selection since guard Andre Woolridge in 1997. Among Big Ten players, Uthoff was second in scoring (18.9), first in blocked shots (2.7), and tied for 11th in rebounding (6.4). For his three-year Iowa career, Uthoff is 19th in scoring (1,259) and fourth in blocked shots (174). In 2011, he was the state’s Mr. Basketball at Jefferson after scoring 26.2 points per game.
At the NBA Scouting Combine last month, Uthoff measured at 6 feet, 9 3/4 inches with a 6-11 1/2 wingspan. He weighed 214.2 pounds with 6 percent body fat. He trained at Impact Basketball in Las Vegas and is represented by Adam Pensack.
Iowa expected to have a player drafted for the third straight season. In 2014, guard Devyn Marble was drafted in the second round by Denver — and immediately traded to Orlando. Last year, Washington drafted forward Aaron White. Iowa nearly had selections in three consecutive seasons. something the program hadn’t done since it produced draft picks every year from 1980 through 1990.
Uthoff is likely to ink a free-agent deal with an NBA club and compete in an NBA summer league.
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