Iowa is Making a Heavy Push for Fardaws Aimaq, a 6'11", 245 lb Center in the Transfer Portal

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Does anybody think that iowa will have 3 bigs on the roster next season
? We had 3 true bigs this year that still have eligibility: Rebraca, Mulvey, Ogundele. Fran is quoted in an article saying he's going after a big in the portal. Don't know why we shouldn't believe what the coach is saying at this point.
 
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He played this past season at Utah Valley (20-12; 10-8; finished 7th in the WAC; New Mexico State was conf champ).

He was a junior this past season so has at least 1 year remaining.


This year's stats:
18.9 points/game
13.6 reb/game
1.7 assists/game
1.3 blocks/game
0.7 steals/game

49% Overall FG%
44% from 3
72% FTs

34 min/game
2.7 fouls/game



Dolph will love him!






















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? We had 3 true bigs this year that still have eligibility: Rebraca, Mulvey, Ogundele. Fran is quoted in an article saying he's going after a big in the portal. Don't know why we shouldn't believe what the coach is saying at this point.
Word is JO may be transferring.
Rebraca really isn't a "big" in the space-eater, defensive, shot blocker kinda way.
That leaves a second year player who logged 80 minutes total this season.

We need some beef inside.
 
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? We had 3 true bigs this year that still have eligibility: Rebraca, Mulvey, Ogundele. Fran is quoted in an article saying he's going after a big in the portal. Don't know why we shouldn't believe what the coach is saying at this point.
I believe he is implying someone will leave or he doesn't consider a 6-9 guy a big. He's kind of a Nostradomis guy on the paid board.
 

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He decided to reclassify and come in early ...his choice.

He obviously felt he was ready, time is now young fella.
The whole deal with his coming in early was that he could spend last year developing in college, at the school he was going to versus working in a different environment. I think the understanding was that "he was not ready" yet, but this is the best place for him to get ready.
 

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The whole deal with his coming in early was that he could spend last year developing in college, at the school he was going to versus working in a different environment. I think the understanding was that "he was not ready" yet, but this is the best place for him to get ready.
Also, he had already left home. He played for Albany Academy his sophomore year, but transferred to the St. Thomas More prep school in Connecticut for his junior year because of Covid restrictions at Albany. (Albany didn't return to full in-person instruction until January of this year.) So, Mulvey was already living away from his parents and away from his hometown for the entirety of his junior year. That probably made it easier to forego what would have been his senior year and simply enroll in college a year early.
 

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Also, he had already left home. He played for Albany Academy his sophomore year, but transferred to the St. Thomas More prep school in Connecticut for his junior year because of Covid restrictions at Albany. (Albany didn't return to full in-person instruction until January of this year.) So, Mulvey was already living away from his parents and away from his hometown for the entirety of his junior year. That probably made it easier to forego what would have been his senior year and simply enroll in college a year early.
He's also 19 and turning 20 in October. It wasn't like he was a 17 year old that reclassified--being 19 and still in high school probably didn't sound very appealing. I think it was the right choice for him.
 

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The whole deal with his coming in early was that he could spend last year developing in college, at the school he was going to versus working in a different environment. I think the understanding was that "he was not ready" yet, but this is the best place for him to get ready.
He had last year to get ready ...time is now.

This isn't 1990 where a player was expected to use his RS year and then his RS-Fr year to develop before playing meaningful mins.
 
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He had last year to get ready ...time is now.

This isn't 1990 where a player was expected to use his RS year and then his RS-Fr year to develop before playing meaningful mins.
I'm not sure exactly what you're saying in that last "1990" sentence?

But, maybe we aren't that far apart? This next season he needs to take a significant step forward....and he should. It will be another year in the weight room and having had a year to adjust to the athletes, size, and speed of the college game I will be very surprised if we don't see him contributing next year.

Now if the roster changes and we somehow end up with Liam Robinson and still have Rebraca, then he still might not see a ton of time. Conversely, my wild guess would be that we have Rebraca in the post and then a stronger more mature Riley who will see minutes in the early season against the easier competition, that will go a long ways towards determining how much time he gets in the B10. But that's just a guess.
 

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I'm not sure exactly what you're saying in that last "1990" sentence?

But, maybe we aren't that far apart? This next season he needs to take a significant step forward....and he should. It will be another year in the weight room and having had a year to adjust to the athletes, size, and speed of the college game I will be very surprised if we don't see him contributing next year.

Now if the roster changes and we somehow end up with Liam Robinson and still have Rebraca, then he still might not see a ton of time. Conversely, my wild guess would be that we have Rebraca in the post and then a stronger more mature Riley who will see minutes in the early season against the easier competition, that will go a long ways towards determining how much time he gets in the B10. But that's just a guess.
Yeah, we're not that far apart.

Basically what I'm saying is this, kids these days feel they are ready "now" ...no one wants to 'wait their turn' or to 'spend time developing their game'. Mulvey made the decision to reclassify and come on board early specifically to play quicker at the college level. This coming season is his time to shine. None of this b.s. from some fans "hey, he actually just a high school senior" type of excuses. We need him next year, he better be ready. He will get no slack from this fan. Unless he has a health issue, no excuses.
 
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Razorback coaches will be flying in to see transfer portal big, Fardaws Aimaq on Tuesday.

Well, we got a zoom call on Monday, so....
 
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If he doesn't go to Iowa, hopefully he goes to Arkansas. Maybe they can fill up.
 

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I don't even know him, I'm just not that sold on Fran sealing the deal, if he is as good as some have said he is. We'll see....
Yep, you're right again. He didn't sign Garza or the Murray twins. So he does suck at getting bigs at Iowa?
 
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Rebraca was horrible in the tournament game. Got abused like I’ve never seen on inbounds plays. Two or 3 times he turned to face the passer, in my life I have never seen this taught in a 2-3 zone. This opens you up to being influenced by the passer and a guy playing unguarded underneath the hoop. At one point it looked like he wad trying to contest a shot from the inbounds. Couple that with a horrible and 1 that he gave up. I wish he’d hang it up. Kid is just plain bad.
 

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Rebraca was horrible in the tournament game. Got abused like I’ve never seen on inbounds plays. Two or 3 times he turned to face the passer, in my life I have never seen this taught in a 2-3 zone. This opens you up to being influenced by the passer and a guy playing unguarded underneath the hoop. At one point it looked like he wad trying to contest a shot from the inbounds. Couple that with a horrible and 1 that he gave up. I wish he’d hang it up. Kid is just plain bad.
He certainly didn’t have a good game that day but he isn’t “just plain bad”. He’s a role player and most—not all—nights he played that role pretty solid.