Jordan Bohannon announced via his twitter account on Monday that he would be coming back to Iowa for one more year:
— Jordan Bohannon (@JordanBo_3) April 26, 2021
Iowa was in great need of a three-point shooter with the departure of CJ Fredrick and the possible departure of Joe Wieskamp, pending his decision that may not be known for months.
Bohannon has made 364 treys on his career, second most in Big Ten history. JJ Redick of Duke made 457 in his career, which is third most all time and most for any player from a Power Five conference. That mark would be in range for Bohannon. He also needs 362 points to hit 2,000 for his career. He will put the school assist and three-pointers made record well out of reach of anyone that will come after him, and possibly the Big Ten record for career three’s made and he will also likely slide into third all-time in Big Ten assists.
Also, he has played in 143 games. The record is 157 by David Lighty of Ohio State. That mark will fall as well, as long as Bohannon stays healthy.
These tweets had me chuckling:
Newly-reclassified 2021 Iowa center Riley Mulvey was in 6th grade when Jordan Bohannon began his Iowa basketball career.
Now, they'll suit up together for the 2022 season.
— David Eickholt (@DavidEickholt) April 26, 2021
Jess Settles has been a punch line for a long time relative to number of years in college. Once Bohannon is done, the Settles joke should be retired.
Can’t wait for JBo’s 6th year picture. pic.twitter.com/RDX2xzXWOg
— MamaHawk (@xrayanneiowa) April 26, 2021
All joking aside, Iowa badly needed to add a shooting guard in the transfer portal. Now, they don’t have to and they couldn’t have found a better pure shooter in the country than Jordan Bohannon. No, he is not an elite defender and he is not much better than average at creating his own shot off the dribble, but in being able to play the shooting guard spot this season for the first time in his career, I do think you cannot underestimate his ability to create space to get off more shots. More on that in this post.
This will also give Bohannon another year to be on the front lines of the ongoing fight that college athletes are having with the NCAA relative to controlling their own name, image and likeness. It would have been hard for Bohannon to do that were he playing professionally next year, and that fight appears to be at a very crucial moment. It could turn out that Bohannon never personally benefits from that, but he is in it for the fight for future athletes.