The Iowa junior is slated to start on Friday against Hampton.
IOWA CITY, Ia. – When Iowa opens the season Friday against visiting Hampton, Anthony Clemmons is likely to get the start at shooting guard.
"It's not definite yet," Iowa fifth-year coach Fran McCaffery said Wednesday, "but probably."
Clemmons is perceived as more of a defensive-minded guard. But teammates say that's a misnomer.
"He might be a little overlooked on his offensive side, but he can score the ball," senior forward Aaron White said. "He can make open shots. He doesn't force anything."
Clemmons, who suffered a sophomore slump of sorts a year ago, started Iowa's exhibition opener against Northwood (Fla.) and scored three points on 1-of-3 shooting.
Overlooked on offense? Clemmons, a career 3.5-points-a-game scorer, doesn't mind his defensive reputation.
Just check the Northwood box score: four steals in 15 minutes.
"It's what I do best. If I'm that guy that's put on the best player, I take credit with that," the Lansing, Mich., native said. "All the other stuff falls into place. I'm good at other things. But my main focus is on the defensive end."
McCaffery has a variety of options at the "2" guard, and it's the most talked-about piece of Iowa's 2014-15 lineup puzzle. He can slide point guard Mike Gesell over to the "2" or insert shot-makers Josh Oglesby or Peter Jok.
"I'm probably as interested as you guys are to see what coach Fran wants to do with that," White said.
Iowa opens the basketball season Friday vs. Hampton, Monday vs. North Dakota State, then Texas and Cal or Syracuse in New York City.
INJURY UPDATES: McCaffery said everyone except freshman guard Brady Ellingson (foot injury) will be available to play against Hampton.
Center Adam Woodbury (two points, 17 minutes vs. Northwood) has been slowed, and Jok has recovered from an ankle injury.
"Woodbury in particular is a lot better," McCaffery said. "He's had a bad bruise. Some of the busted up fingers that were a little bit problematic, they're a little bit better. He had some sore feet."
HAPPY 21ST: How does Mike Gesell celebrate his 21st birthday?
A low-key night hanging out with teammates, he said. Gesell hit the 21 mark Sunday.
"We're still in season, so there's not much I can do," Gesell grinned.