The Hawkeyes are back to being underdogs this season, but for sophomore forward Keegan Murray, expectations have never been higher. Wednesday morning, was named a preseason All-Big Ten Selection.
Murray is one of four sophomores on the list.
Last year, he was named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team. He was one of only five players nationally, and the only bench player, to have 200 points, 35 blocks, 25 steals, and 15 3-pointers. He also led Iowa in scoring and rebounding off the bench, at 7.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.
His role is expected to be much larger this year.
This is the third straight season at least one Hawkeye has made the preseason list. Joe Wieskamp made it in 2019 and 2020, while Luka Garza was named the Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year in 2020.
2021-22 Men’s Basketball Preseason All-Big Ten Team
KOFI COCKBURN, JR., C, ILLINOIS
Andre Curbelo, So., G, Illinois
TRAYCE JACKSON-DAVIS, JR., F, INDIANA
Keegan Murray, So., F, Iowa
Eric Ayala, Sr., G, Maryland
HUNTER DICKINSON, SO., C, MICHIGAN
Caleb Houstan, Fr., G/F, Michigan
E.J. LIDDELL, JR., F, OHIO STATE
JADEN IVEY, SO., G, PURDUE
Trevion Williams, Sr., F, Purdue
Ron Harper Jr., Sr., G/F, Rutgers
*Unanimous selections in ALL CAPS
2021-22 Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year
Kofi Cockburn, Jr., C, Illinois
The Hawkeyes hit the court for the first time on November 5th for an exhibition against Slippery Rock.