Hoop Bits (10-2-14)

Niang Dishing

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.

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Get Up

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.

Preseason Honors

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.

LINK: Medcalf’s 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:

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About Matt Shoultz

I'm in my 11th year at Iowa State and third 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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