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This is an Ahmad Wagner appreciation post

Eastern Michigan v Kentucky Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

A lot of former Iowa Hawkeyes are all over the world playing basketball, with one exception. We start with that exception:

Still in college

Ahmad Wagner

After toiling in Hawkeye basketball for three years, Wagner transferred to Kentucky to play football. He played just one year in high school but that was enough to catch the eye of the Wildcats. He was eligible last year, but has started to make a name for himself this year with 12 receptions for 248 yards (20.7 per) and two TDs.

The Athletic has been on top of his rise, detailing his prowess in either catching the ball or getting interfered with earlier this season. Their draft expert, Dane Brugler, also had this to say:

Wagner has an extremely high percentage of positive plays when targeted, making acrobatic grabs or attracting penalties as defenders try to cover him. While he needs time on a practice squad to continue his development, it wouldn’t be surprising if a team uses a Day 3 draft pick on Wagner to avoid competing with other teams trying to sign him.

There’s a path to an NFL career for him and his coaches think he stands a pretty good chance. I rooting for him.

Isaiah Moss

Moss had a busy offseason on the transfer market: after initially committing to Arkansas, he decided to shirk the “Ar” and just go to Kansas. He’ll be a factor as their premier three point shooter, though he’s been recently slowed by an injury. Whether or not he’s able to compete for a national title like many are prognosticating, well, that’s a different story.

Also, SNOOP DOGG. (Be careful watching at work, though it’s safe)

Christian Williams

Williams averaged nearly 8 points a game in 30 minutes last year for the 15-16 Indiana State Sycamores. This random site expects a similar result.

Maishe Dailey

After transferring to Akron, he’ll sit out this year to play next year.

NBA-ish

Tyler Cook

Cook was signed to the Denver Nuggets’ two-way contract which will allow him to play for the Nugs and a G-League team. Though Denver doesn’t have an explicit G-League team associated with them, this deal validates Cook’s decision to leave early. Get paid young man.

Adam Woodbury

Woodbury has spent the last couple years with the Grand Rapids Drive of the G-League. Last season he averaged 6 points and 7 boards in 18 minutes. That beard, though.

Jarrod Uthoff

Uthoff had a successful Summer League on the Pistons’ team but his whereabouts are unknown after some Googling.

Devyn Marble

Marble was recently cut by the Golden State Warriors but, if I am reading the terms of his contract correctly, has shifted to their G-League affiliate. He’s had a solid career in Europe, so this might be his last chance at an NBA gig before continuing overseas.

Europe

Aaron White

After strong seasons in Russia and Lithuania, White moved to Italy to play for Olimpia Milano. He’s seen a dip in minutes since his arrival as he’s competing with guys like Luis Scola for minutes.

Gabriel Olaseni

Olaseni has been all over Europe, most recently playing in Turkey with Bursaspor. As a British national, he is also a member of their national team.

Peter Jok

Jok toiled in the G-League for a couple of years before making the decision in the offseason to ply his trade overseas. In 4 games for the French team, Cholet, he’s averaged 8 points in 24 minutes.

Dom Uhl

Anthony Clemmons

After a couple seasons in Kazakhstan, Clemmons found a home in Monaco. In three games, he’s averaged 8.0 points for the club.


Did I miss some people? Probably! But Googling is difficult.