Iowa Hawkeyes walk-on wing Nicholas Baer has received a full scholarship from coach Fran McCaffery, according to an AP report.
A redshirt freshman from one of the Quad Cities, Baer was highly impressive in a reserve role last year. He averaged 4.8 points over 14.5 minutes per game and shot nearly 50 percent from the field, plus almost 40 percent from long range. In No. 7 Iowa’s second round loss of the NCAA Tournament to eventual champion in No. 2 Villanova, Baer showed just how much overall potential he has. He had 15 points and four rebounds while shooting 47 percent from the field.
Baer’s scholarship will be one of the two freed up courtesy of Andrew Fleming and Brandon Hutton leaving the program. Given how the Hawkeyes are losing four senior starters, namely senior swingman and star Jared Uthoff, his role should be greatly expanded for the 2016-17 season.
Now that he’s on full scholarship and won’t have to juggle multiple difficult tasks at once like he did as a walk-on, count on Baer to have a breakout season!
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