It's Prime Time League season already? It sure is. The draft was held last weekend and the season gets underway tonight. The season is actually beginning slightly later than usual, thanks to some NCAA-related paperwork hang-ups. There are just six teams this year, but they're full of current Iowa and UNI players, as well as some other familiar faces.
|TEAM||LL Pelling/ Comfort Care Medicare||Westport Touchless/Linn County Anesthetists||Jill Armstrong Team at Skogman Realty||Marion Iron Co.||Vinton Merchants/McCurry's||Beat the Bookstore/Culver's|
|COACH||Ray Swetalla||Randy Larson||Dan Ahrens||Matt Gatens||Kevin Sanders||Ron Nove|
|1||Peter Jok (Iowa)||Nicholas Baer (Iowa)||Ahmad Wagner (Iowa)||Matt Gatens (Euro pro)||Isaiah Moss (Iowa)||Tyler Cook (Iowa)|
|2||Cordell Pemsl (Iowa)||Jordan Bohannon (Iowa)||Riley Till (Iowa)||Dom Uhl (Iowa)||Christian Williams (Iowa)||Maishe Dailey (Iowa)|
|3||James Dockery (Iowa)||Darius Stokes (Euro pro)||Dondre Alexander (William Penn)||Brady Ellingson (Iowa)||Ted Friedman (UNI)||Jeremy Morgan (UNI)|
|4||Klint Carlson (UNI)||Spencer Haldeman (UNI)||Jordan Ashton (UNI)||Juwan McCloud (UNI)||Isaiah Brown (UNI)||Hunter Rhodes (UNI)|
|5||Wyatt Lohaus (UNI)||Bennett Koch (UNI)||Kendall Jacks (Wayne State)||Lincoln Conrey (UNI)||Jason Price (Euro pro)||Brady Ernst (Indian Hills CC)|
|6||Will Carius (N Michigan)||Devin Green (Sioux Falls)||Justin Dahl (UNI)||Clayton Vette (ex-Winona State)||Brady Burford (William Penn)||Wali Parker (DMACC)|
|7||Miles Wentzien (ex-Kirkwood)||Jake Timm (ex-Coe)||Adam McDermott (UNI)||Tay Paker (ex-Iowa Lakes CC)||Nick Lyon (ex-Grandview)||Kyle Haber (Brown)|
|8||Jacee Crawford (ex-Sam Adams State)||Jordan O'Neill (Johnson and Wales)||Malik Williams (Anoka Ramsey CC)||Matt Lassen (William Jewell)||Keegan Moore (SE CC)||Jimmy Roth (Upper Iowa)|
|9||Marshall Shedeck (Coe)||Ross Westemeyer (ex-IC Regina)||Errion Moore (Wavash Valley CC)||Bryan Forbes (Briar Cliff)||Charles Carter (ex-Sam Adams State)||Nathan Woeste (Wartburg)|
|10||Ross Cooper (Dordt)||Austin Ash (Mt. Vernon HS)||Carson Parker (Upper Iowa)||Mitch Eighme (Upper Iowa)||Harley Shear (Anoka Ramsey)||Tim Loan (ex-Briar Cliff)|
Two players from Iowa's projected 2016-17 roster are not playing in the PTL this year: Dale Jones and Ryan Kriener. Jones is not playing while he continues to rehab after his knee surgery in December. Incoming freshman Kriener is not playing due to an illness.
Team LL Pelling features the biggest star in the PTL, rising senior Peter Jok. Cordell Pemsl, one of Iowa's five newcomers in 2016, will make his debut for Hawkeye fans with that team. That team also features Wyatt Lohaus, the son of a former Hawkeye great (Brad Lohaus), who will be looking to play a bigger role for the Panthers as a junior in 2016-17.
Team Westport Touchless might as well be titled Team Fan Favorite? Baer, incoming freshman Jordan Bohannon, and the returning Darius Stokes? Yes, please. Baer will need to carry the load for that team, although Bohannon will likely get ample opportunity to show off his long-range shooting skills for them, too.
The Jill Armstrong team features only one scholarship Iowa player, headband'd wonder Ahmad Wagner, although it also features incoming walk-on Riley Till. The buzz around him isn't as great as it was around former walk-on Nicholas Baer when he was a walk-on last year, but it will still be good to see him in action and see what skills he might bring to Iowa next season. That team also includes Adam McDermott (nephew of Creighton coach Greg McDermott and cousin of former Creighton star Doug McDermott) and Dondre Alexander, who excelled (at times) for Iowa City West.
Team Marion Iron is perhaps the most Iowa-heavy team, with current Iowa players Dom Uhl and Brady Ellingson and former Iowa standout Matt Gatens, who's serving as player AND coach. That team could rain triples on opponents, given the shooting prowess of Gatens and (at times) Ellingson. With Uhl expected to play a bigger role for Iowa next year, this will be an opportunity for him to dominate at times, too. That team also features former Iowa State player Clayton Vette.
Team Vinton Merchants, or Team Isaiah as it features two Isaiahs (Iowa's Moss and UNI's Brown) could provide us a glimpse of Iowa's future back court with Christian Williams and Isaiah Moss. Moss didn't participate in PTL last summer and redshirted at Iowa last season, so this will be the first chance Iowa fans have to see him in action, which will be exciting.
Speaking of getting a first look at new faces... Team Beat the Bookstore features two incoming Iowa freshmen, highly touted Tyler Cook and late signee Maishe Dailey. Dailey is a bit of an unknown quantity, although his athleticism looks very intriguing, but seeing Cook in action should be a treat -- he's the most anticipated freshman at Iowa in a very long time. Obviously, PTL performance carries all sorts of caveats, but it's still a chance to see him in action with (and against) future teammates. That team also features Jeremy Morgan, who could be relied upon as UNI's main offensive weapon in 2016-17, and another former Iowa State player (Brady Ernst).
The full PTL schedule is available here, with games beginning tonight at 6 PM CT at the North Liberty Community Center. If you want additional PTL breakdowns, you can also listen to Doc and Morehouse on the On Iowa podcast.
Finally, if you're going to be attending PTL games this summer, please feel free to post a FanPost if you like -- we'd love to get some impressions of Iowa's new faces as well as how the older faces are looking, too.