Hoop Bits (9-23-2014)

On Monday we were doing interviews for the media day special that will be televised by Cyclones.tv on Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. (Set your DVR!). As I do from time-to-time, I stuck around to watch the NCAA allowed two-hour practice. Watching has me fired up for basketball season, so I figured I would put together a notebook with some random tidbits you’ll hopefully find interesting.

It’s Not About The Shots
Many of you probably saw Naz Long’s tweet yesterday, but in case you haven’t here it is:

I asked Naz how many shots he gets up a day. He replied “Oh, it isn’t about the shots. 500 makes a day. That’s what I’m doing.”

He went on to say that 500 makes a day is on the machine. That is on top of the workout he usually gets in, which he guessed included 250 makes, and the workouts he might do with his team. Bottom line? He sees the ball go in the hoop a lot, which is probably why he doesn’t shy away from the big shots.

Duo Chasing 1,000
Georges Niang enters his junior season needing 11 points to reach 1,000 in his career. He would be the 31st player in school history to reach the milestone.

Bryce Dejean-Jones sits 82 points shy of 1,000 in his collegiate career.

Hogue Wants To Make History
I asked Dustin Hogue how many rebounds he hopes to average this year and he didn’t miss a beat. Double figures. If he does so he’d be the first Cyclone since Dean Uthoff in 1979 to average double figures on the glass.

It is certainly not easy to do, but if Hogue can find a way to do so it would bode well for the Cyclones. ISU was 6-1 when Hogue recorded a double-double last season.

Greek George
Want to know how to pronounce our new 7-footer’s name? While Georgios tells me he is okay with people calling him George, the English version of his name, I always want to make sure people know how to pronounce our player’s names correctly. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes I don’t.

John Walters explained Georgios as former ESPN anchor Craig Kilborn would when he said to me, “He’s not my “ghos”, he’s not our “ghos”, he’s “YOUR-ghos”. That makes good sense. His last name is pronounced sal-BORE-us.

Speaking of pronunciations, have you been to Cyclones.com and checked out our handy new pronunciation tool? On all team rosters, you’ll find a little ear icon next to the student-athlete names. Click on that icon and Walters will read you their names in the proper pronunciation. Very handy.

Georgios measured at a legit 7’1” when he arrived on campus. You never know if players are truly as tall as they say they are, but he measured right at what he said. I’m told that he has already added a little weight to his frame since arriving at ISU on Aug. 26.

The Ames Tribune recently wrote about Tsalmpouris’ adjustment to life in the United States. Check it out.

McKay’s Wing Span
Jameel McKay’s wing span is an impressive 7’4”, giving him the longest wing span on the team.

L.A. To Vegas To Ames?
The Des Moines Register talked to Cyclone newcomer Bryce Dejean-Jones recently and posed that question to the UNLV transfer.

His answer?

“Why not? Who wouldn’t want to play for Fred Hoiberg?”

Read that article here.

Hilton Madness

Hilton Madness
We announced today that we’ll be holding Hilton Madness on Saturday, Oct. 18. It should be a terrific showcase of two great programs. Fans will get a look at Tsalmpouris and Dejean-Jones for the first time.

So who is your pick to win the three-point contest for the men? What about the dunk contest?

Enjoy the show!

That is it for now, but during the season I will try to bring you notes like this to keep you updated on the happenings around the team.

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About Matt Shoultz

I'm in my 12th year at Iowa State and fourth as communications director for men's basketball. I have worked with football, women's basketball, softball, volleyball, tennis and swimming since arriving at Iowa State. I am a 2005 graduate of the University of South Carolina and a Litchfield, Minn. native. I look forward to sharing the tales of Iowa State athletics with you all. If you have any questions or comments feel free to email me at mshoultz@iastate.edu. I'm on twitter @mjshoultz. Go Cyclones!
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