Something stuck with me after the win against Michigan. As I was in the locker room waiting for Coach Hoiberg to finish talking to the team he said something that was directed at the players that didn’t play against the Wolverines.
Hoiberg finished his comments by saying something close to the following: “You guys that didn’t get in there today, be ready because your time will come.”
Daniel Edozie was ready when his number was called against BYU.
The junior college transfer played six minutes in the first half while filling in for foul-plagued Melvin Ejim and Dustin Hogue.
In the second half, he saw just one minute of action. But man was he important.
His time came and he delivered, swatting away Tyler Haws’ jump shot with five seconds and then grabbing the rebound before getting fouled. He hit 1-of-2 free throws to give ISU a two-point cushion. The Cyclones got a final stop and an impressive road win in an incredibly tough environment.
Following the game, Georges Niang commented on Edozie’s performance.
“I’m so happy for Daniel,” Niang said. “He comes to practice every day and always plays hard. He always gives a great effort and I’m not surprised he helped us win that game. That was a huge play.”
Always be ready, you never know when your number will be called.
Edozie is proof of that.