By BAILEY TURNER
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Redshirt junior Brady Ellingson, who is entering his fourth season with the Iowa basketball program, looks to build off a strong sophomore campaign. He led the Hawkeyes in 3-point shooting percentage (47 percent), which was second best in school history as a sophomore.
Ellingson didn’t miss a free throw last year netting 18 straight. His best game last season came when former Hawkeye Peter Jok was sidelined; Ellingson came off the bench with a strong 17 points, shooting 6-of-9 from the field.
This summer the Hawkeyes took a trip to Europe looking to strengthen their young team.
“I learned a lot from our new guys this summer, we have exceptional depth,” said Ellingson. “I think it will be one of our strengths and it will really show during this season.”
Ellingson and the Hawkeyes had their first official practice Monday. This year Iowa will have to fill the void in their lineup that was Jok. The Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin native is the third oldest on the roster and is ready to step up and be a leader on this team.
“A couple of things I worked on this summer is hunting for shots, going off the dribble, and creating for others,” Ellingson added. “Anything I can do to help us win is what I am going to do.”
The Hawkeyes season ended last year at Carver-Hawkeye Arena with a shot to win the game against TCU. That loss has stuck with the team and inspired them this offseason.
“I think we are slept on and over looked by a lot of people,” Ellingson said. “Our goals never change, win the Big Ten and make a run in the NCAA Tournament. It’s simple, just win.”
Iowa Basketball Media Day will be held on Monday Oct. 16, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Eleven days later, the season gets underway, Oct. 27, hosting William Jewell College at 7 p.m. (CT) in an exhibition game.