As a sophomore, Georges Niang averaged 3.6 assists per game. He is the only returning player that stands taller than 6-7 and ranked among the nation’s top-200 last season. His passing ability allows Fred Hoiberg to use him in many different ways, like last season against TCU when he continually found Melvin Ejim with a high-post to low-post pass.
It remains to be announced who will participate in the dunk contest at Hilton Madness. Good guesses might be Dustin Hogue and Bryce Dejean-Jones, who boast the best standing vertical jump at 33.5 inches.
Learning From The Pros
Just this week, Iowa State has had coaches on the road taking in the habits of teams in the NBA. Fred Hoiberg visited the Cleveland Cavs, while assistant Cornell Mann checked in on the Detroit Pistons and director of player development Nate Loenser visited the Chicago Bulls.
That’s proof enough that the Cyclone coaches aren’t done figuring out ways to improve the program both on the court and off the court.
On Thursday, Niang was named to the Preseason All-Big 12 team and for the third time in six years the Cyclones had the Big 12’s Preseason Newcomer of the Year in Bryce Dejean-Jones. Dejean-Jones will try to be the fourth Cyclone in a row to earn the award in the postseason, joining Royce White, Will Clyburn and DeAndre Kane.
ESPN’s Medcalf Mentions Nader
While the Cyclone starting five is still to be determined, ESPN college hoops writer Myron Medcalf has tabbed Abdel Nader among his top 10 sixth men in the country.
Talking Hoops At Hickory Park?
CBS Sports Net is in town this week filming a 30 minute show on Fred Hoiberg and Iowa State basketball. Want a hoops fix Thursday night? Head over to Hickory Park at 5:30 and talk hoops with CBS’ Jon Rothstein.
Morris To McKay….Lob City
This summer Monté Morris talked about making Ames, Iowa Lob City. Yesterday he posted this great video after Media Day: