Fran McCaffery gives college rules changes a thumbs-up

Rick Brown

Iowa coach Fran McCaffery gives a thumbs-up to the rules changes coming to college basketball.

“I think they’re good, particularly moving the arc out (under the basket),” McCaffery said Monday before speaking to a Polk County I-Club event at the Wakonda Club in Des Moines. “There will be fewer collisions at the rim, and fewer charges. And I’m good with the 30-second clock.”

The shot clock was reduced from 35 seconds to 30 for the 2015-16 season. The arc under the basket will be expanded from 3 feet to 4 feet. In another change, coaches can’t call timeouts during live-ball situations. And teams will get just 10 seconds to advance the ball past half-court instead of reseting the clock if there is a stoppage in play.

“I’m OK with that, too,” said McCaffery, who likes to press beyond half-court in some situations and sees that as a potential advantage.

Going pro: Iowa seniors Aaron White and Gabe Olaseni have worked out for numerous NBA teams in advance of the June 25 NBA Draft.

“They’re a lock for the pros at some level,” McCaffery said. “Now, it’s whether or not they play in the NBA or not.”

White, a first-team all-Big Ten selection as a senior, finished his Iowa career No. 2 in scoring (1,859 points) and No. 3 in rebounding (911). Numerous mock drafts have White going in the second round.

Olaseni, voted the Big Ten’s sixth man of the year, averaged 8.1 points and 5.4 rebounds. He worked out with the Chicago Bulls on Monday.

White and Olaseni were captains of last season’s team, along with senior guard Josh Oglesby. McCaffery said that Oglesby has been invited to play on a travel team that will compete in China. Oglesby flies to Beijing in a week and a half.

“He’s thrilled to be getting this opportunity,” McCaffery said.

Elite opportunity: McCaffery is pleased that senior forward Jarrod Uthoff has been chosen to take part in the inaugural 2015 Nike Basketball Academy this month.

“It’s really a prestigious thing for him,” McCaffery said. “There are just 20 guys invited.”

The event is June 26-30 at the Santa Monica Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. NBA stars LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis and Kyrie Irving are expected to appear.

“He’ll be out there playing against the best, and learning from the best,” McCaffery said. “Jarrod is really excited about it.”

Uthoff was a third -team all-Big Ten selection as a junior after averaging 12.4 points and 6.4 rebounds.