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Getting to Know Your 2009 Iowa Hawkeyes: Brennan Cougill

**Getting to Know Your 2009 Iowa Hawkeyes is a regular feature on StatJunkie.  This feature will profile every player of the team unanimously predicted to finish 11th in the Big Ten:  the 2009 Iowa Hawkeyes.**

Brennan Cougill #44

Cougs eyes light up as he skies for a burger.
Cougs’ eyes light up as he skies for a burger.

  • Height:  6′-9″
  • Weight:  255
  • Class:  Freshman
  • Position:  Forward, Center
  • Hometown:  Sioux City, IA
  • Nicknames:  Big Cougs, Cougs

Cougill comes to Iowa City as the reigning Mr. Basketball in the state of Iowa for 2008.  In addition to his basketball prowess, Cougill also holds several competitive eating titles across the midwest.  His insatiable appetite for hamburgers is only surpassed by his hunger for rebounds.  Playing high school ball for Sioux City Heelan, Cougill averaged a double-double each of his three years and led his team to the state 3A championship his senior season, averaging 18.2 points and 13.3 rebounds per game.

Iowa coaches identified Cougill’s weight as his number one area to work on when he stepped on campus.  Hawkeye physicians immediately put into action a substantial diet and conditioning plan and the results have been nothing short of phenomenal.  Cougill dropped nearly 25 pounds in the offseason, the results in no small part due to dietary changes.  By limiting Cougs’ burger intake to seven per day, down from a baker’s dozen, his physique has gone from Jerry O-Connell in Stand By Me, to Jerry O-Connell in Joe’s Apartment.

Being the biggest body on an undersized Hawkeye squad will lead to lots of minutes for the Cougill.  Possessing excellent hands, shooting range extending to the three-point line, above-average court vision, and great passing skills, comparisons have been made to former Notre Dame standout Luke Harangody, minus the thousands of freckles and fire-crotch.  Cougill is still raw and should get better as the year goes on.  Expect about 7 points, 4 rebounds, and about 25 minutes per game for the freshman this season.

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