A Weekend To Remember

2015 Fantasy Camp

2015 Fantasy Camp

They came from near and far.

From Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Wilmette, Illinois. Philadelphia. Hudson, Iowa. McKinney, Texas.

All with a shared passion. Iowa State men’s basketball.

The Cyclone program held its first Fantasy Camp this weekend, an event designed to be the ultimate fan experience.

It didn’t disappoint.

“The overall experience was unreal,” camper Ryan Workman of Cedar Rapids, said. “From the coaching staff breaking down film of your games to the current players being your coaches for three games, it was an experience I’ll never forget. For any Iowa State basketball fan, this is the camp for them.”

The camp was open to fans 25 years old and above. Campers were able to interact with Coach Prohm, Coach Hoiberg and staff members, as well as Iowa State student-athletes.

The 16 participants were split into two teams, which were picked during a draft on the camp’s first night. Naz Long and Matt Thomas coached one team, while Monté Morris and Hallice Cooke led the other.

“The interaction with the players was awesome,” Workman said. “Having players coach you that are going to be a part of a top-10 team in the country next year was an experience of a lifetime. Having Naz Long and Matt Thomas as coaches, there were times I felt they were competing for a Big 12 title. They were that into the games.”

The camp cost included a 2 night stay at the Hilton Garden Inn with breakfast, lunch and dinner provided. The participants received plenty of Cyclone gear, including: a pair of Nike shoes, a home & away uniform, three sets of practice gear, five dri-fit shirts, socks, headbands, wristbands, a Nike pullover and Iowa State camp t-shirts. They also received an autographed ball.

The campers had the rare treat of getting to meet both the former coach and the current coach.

“It was fantastic,” Kelly Ellis of San Antonio, Texas, said. “It was really better than advertised because we not only got Coach Hoiberg, but we got Coach Prohm as well. The players were terrific. It was a wonderful experience and I hope to come back next year.”

The campers were among the first Iowa State fans to get to interact with Coach Prohm since he arrived in Ames a couple weeks ago.

“He’s humble and gracious,” Ellis said. “He really reminded me of the second-coming of Coach Hoiberg with his personality.”

The weekend wrapped up with a visit from a special guest as former Cyclone Melvin Ejim showed up at Hilton Coliseum for the final day.

Melvin Ejim surprised campers by showing up on the camp's final day.

Melvin Ejim surprised campers by showing up on the camp’s final day.

The teams played a game at Hilton Coliseum and had time to take pictures with the coaches and players before heading home.

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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