It's Not Plagiarism If You Link To It: PTL Championship Set, Gesell Injured


Summer rec basketball is coming to an end; one Hawkeye point guard is on the shelf for 4-6 weeks.

THE PTL SEMIS WERE LAST NIGHT. Mike Gesell's team had the third seed heading into the PTL semifinals. He had 22 points and nine rebounds before leaving the game with an undisclosed injury to his hand. Gesell would get it checked out by the Iowa training staff but no information of the severity of the injury. His team would lose to Anthony' Clemmons' team.

[UPDATE, 11:00 AM: Gesell has broken his left hand, and he will be out for 4-6 weeks, according to an Iowa announcement. More later.]

Clemmons will face off with teammates Devyn Marble and Josh Oglesby. Clemmons' running partner, Jarrod Uthoff, scored 21 points last evening but will miss the final to play in New York as part of the East Coast All-Stars team. The final is Sunday at 4:30 pm (CDT).

MARK WEISMAN MAKES A WATCH LIST. At this point, practically every returning starter in college football is on some sort of watch list. Iowa's walk-on fullback, slash running back, slash Juggernaut is listed as a preseason selection for the Doak Walker Award watch list. Shonn Greene won the Doak Walker Award in 2008.

IN FOOTBALL RECRUITING NEWS. Iowa's best recruit still wants to take visits. Is there a reason for concern? Sure. We're talking Alabama here and those locker room waterfalls and crystal balls. But, Pierschbacher says he's never been to California and wants to take advantage of the free trip. Signing Day is a long way away.

SPEAKING OF LONG WAYS AWAY. ESPN has previewed their top selections for the 2015 recruiting class. The top of the list is a Minnesota defensive end with Iowa interest. Jashon Cornell is from Cretin-Derham Hall, same school as former Hawkeyes Rafael Eubanks and Broderick Binns. Cornell is said to be friends with incoming Hawkeye Malik Rucker and has visited Iowa in the past. He has another visit to Iowa in the short future.

FERENTZ TO APPEAR ON ESPN. Talking Hawkeye Football.

Don't expect a lot of "new" by August 1st. Ferentz will have already gone through the gauntlet of media at Big Ten Media Days which begin next Wednesday. Pat Fitzgerald will be the first speaker, Ferentz will finish up the coaches at 1:30ish pm. ESPNU and the BTN will carry the event. Iowa has announced their media day at the University will be August 5th.

AJ DERBY HAS LONG MOVED ON FROM IOWA. He's battling for the starting quarterback spot at Arkansas now. Derby opened up to Robbie Neiswanger, of Arkansas News, about his time at Iowa and journey to the Razorbacks.



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