Iowa men go back to the future with Twin Towers

Rick Brown
Adam Woodbury takes a shot over Gabe Olaseni during a Prime Time League game.

ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Greg Stokes and Michael Payne were nicknamed the "Twin Towers" when they played for Iowa in the early 1980s under coach Lute Olson.

Now there could be another set of Twin Towers for the Hawkeyes. Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said there could be times when centers Adam Woodbury and Gabe Olaseni will be on the floor at the same time.

"I think a lot of times when you have a running team, you're hesitant to go with the twin towers because they slow you down," McCaffery said. "I don't think by playing those two guys together we'll be slowed down. Don't be surprised to see that."

McCaffery said Olaseni's jump shot has improved to the point where he can play the power forward spot alongside Woodbury and be an effective face-up scorer.

"He can make that shot,"McCaffery said. "He's a much better passer than he was when he was a freshman, so you have Woodbury and Olaseni in there together, they're both capable passers, willing passers, and they can both run."

One thing that would keep McCaffery from playing Woodbury and Olaseni side-by-side is if freshman Dominique Uhl develops to the point to where he'll get some of those front-line minutes.