Brett Greenwood to march in Fourth of July parade, Iowa’s Jordan Bohannon on being overlooked and more
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So let’s get to it. Here is the Iowa Breakfast Club for Wednesday, June 28.
Brett Greenwood, the grand marshal
Brett Greenwood’s recovery from a brain injury is taking another step forward. Greenwood and his former Iowa football teammate Pat Angerer will serve as grand marshals for the Bettendorf, Iowa, Fourth of July parade on Tuesday, according to Amanda Hancock of the Quad-City Times.
“It’s an honor to share that with Brett,” Angerer told the newspaper.
Greenwood, a former All-Big Ten safety, collapsed during a workout in 2011. He ended up in a coma because of an anoxic brain injury caused by a heart arrhythmia. Greenwood was paralyzed when he woke up and needed to relearn how to walk, talk and speak.
Angerer has been by Greenwood’s side following his retirement from the NFL in 2014, attending Greenwood’s physical therapy sessions.
The goal is for Greenwood to walk on his own. He’s getting closer, as Angerer told Land of 10 last year.
Greenwood led Iowa onto the field against Pittsburgh in 2015.
Now, he’ll walk in his hometown parade. He continues to make progress and this upcoming Tuesday will be the latest example of it.
Iowa’s 21st century approach to snubs
Jordan Bohannon had fun with Iowa’s exclusion from the latest ESPN bracketology.
— Jordan Bohannon (@JordanBo_3) June 3, 2017
In fact, he kind of revels in it.
“We are the type of team that loves that type of attention,” Bohannon said. “We want people to doubt us.”
Bohannon’s response to Joe Lunardi picking 68 other teams to fill out the NCAA Tournament in June is the typical 21st century way to handle it. He may also be correct, especially with respect to Iowa.
Teams love being the underdog. In fact, they seek it out. Even Nick Saban uses it any chance he gets with an Alabama football that was once favored in 72 straight games.
Being an underdog gives the sense of nothing to lose and motivation to prove everyone that didn’t have faith in you or your team wrong.
If Bohannon didn’t respond by mentioning the doubters it would be a shock. Especially when considering part of the team built its success as a true underdog.
No Power 5 team offered Nicholas Baer a scholarship out of Bettendorf High School (Iowa). The reigning Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year needed to walk on at Iowa and prove he was worthy of a scholarship.
Cordell Pemsl committed to Iowa as a high school sophomore in 2014, but his future was thrown into question after he tore his right meniscus twice in a six-month span in high school. Now he’s a 6-foot-8, 249-pound forward, and a matchup nightmare looking to build on a freshman season where he averaged 8.9 points and 5.0 rebounds.
Bohannon comes from a family of college basketball players, but his height kept most Power 5 programs away. Bohannon is 6-1 but that didn’t matter as he made the All-Big Ten freshman team, averaging 10.9 points and 5.1 assists last season.
“We have a lot of guys like that,” Bohannon said. “We have a lot of guys hungry to prove everyone wrong in this country.”
The Hawkeyes very well could. They barely missed out on the NCAA Tournament last season, going 19-15 and earning a No. 1 seed in the NIT. Every key player but Peter Jok returns and 4-star posts Luka Garza and Jack Nunge provide much-needed depth.
If Iowa puts on its dance shoes again in 2017-18 don’t be surprised if Bohannon does the same thing he did when reading Lunardi’s projection. He’ll tweet about it.
He is a 21st century college student after all.