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Brown: Cougill’s future with the Phoenix

[ 12 ] April 18, 2011 |

Former Hawkeye Brennan Cougill

Brennan Cougill’s dream of playing basketball for Iowa happened once. It won’t happen a second time.

Cougill has committed to play next season at Wisconsin-Green Bay, according to his former Iowa Barnstormers AAU coach, Jamie Johnson.

Cougill,who picked the Phoenix over South Dakota State, also posted his decision on his Facebook page.

The Green Bay Press-Gazette, citing sources, reported the same thing. Cougill is expected to sign a letter of  intent Tuesday. The final day of the spring signing period is May 18.

Cougill, a 6-foot-9 forward and all-stater at Sioux City Heelan, played for the Hawkeyes as a freshman in 2009-10. He averaged four points and three rebounds in 31 games. But the university ruled him academically ineligible last June, and Cougill played at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids last season. He averaged 14.4 points, shot 59.9 percent from the field and 76.5 percent from the free-throw line for a Kirkwood team that was 28-5 and finished fifth in the NJCAA Division II national tournament.

Wisconsin-Green Bay was 14-18 last season.

Last summer, on the day he was ruled ineligible, Cougill told reporters that he needed to get an A in a three-week art class to maintain his eligibility. He said he got a B instead.

“I was pretty disapppointed,” Cougill said then. “I know I didn’t put my full effort in. I could have done better. I let my team down. I let the coaching staff down. Most importantly I let myself down. It was a dream come true for me to be at Iowa, and that dream is being taken away.”

Cougill played for Todd Lickliter at Iowa. New coach Fran McCaffery said he’d watch Cougill during the season at Kirkwood. But the Hawkeye staff decided not to pursue Cougill on the rebound.

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About Rick Brown: Rick Brown covers men's basketball for The Des Moines Register and Hawk Central. He's married and the father of two. He also covers golf for the Register. View author profile.

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