#1 – Jarrod Uthoff
If you think Aaron White should be #1, I think that’s fair, but at the end of the day, what Jarrod Uthoff did in his senior year with the Iowa basketball team was unmatched by any of the players on this list. For that reason, he is the #1 player in the Fran McCaffery era.
Uthoff averaged 18.9 points per game, 6.3 rebounds per game and 2.6 blocks per game while leading the Hawkeyes to their highest ranking ever in McCaffery’s tenure as head coach. The Iowa basketball team reached #3 overall in the rankings and stayed in the top ten for nearly a month. The Hawks that year also managed to get the ever elusive NCAA Tournament victory beating Temple in the first round before falling to Villanova.
After his fantastic senior year, Uthoff was named Second Team All-American, First Team All-Big Ten, and Big Ten All-Defensive Team. He is the only All-American in the McCaffery era and just the third in Iowa basketball history.
Despite only spending three years in Iowa City (he transferred from Wisconsin) and starting for just two, Uthoff finished 19th in Iowa basketball history in scoring, 4th in blocked shots, and 10th in three-pointers made.
Uthoff went undrafted (an intentional decision), and he spent a little bit of time playing with the Dallas Mavericks before spending a year in the G-League with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. He is now playing professionally overseas in the VTB United League.