Hoop Bits (4-27-16)

Prohm Ranks Among Nation’s Top Coaches

Steve Prohm’s first five years as a head coach have been incredibly successful. The proof is in the numbers. Prohm became eligible for the NCAA’s active winning percentage charts after completing his fifth season as a head coach. His .756 winning percentage puts him at No. 6 among active head coaches.

Winning Percentages2

That’s a pretty impressive list, one that includes 11 national championships.

Morris Leads Way

When Monté Morris announced that he would return for his senior season it meant that Iowa State would have one the nation’s top players and Cousy Award finalist back to help smooth the transition from the Georges Niang era. Morris has been one of the best point guards the last two years, giving the Cyclones a playmaker with poise.

Last Thursday, Texas’ point guard Isaiah Taylor announced he would sign with an agent. Taylor’s decision made Morris the Big 12’s leading scorer among returnees. But that’s not it, he’s one of the best in a number of categories. Here is a breakdown:

Monte Big 12 Stats2

Jakolby Long In ESPN’s Final 2016 Top 100

ESPN released its final 2016 Top 100 rankings yesterday and Cyclone signee Jakolby Long ranked No. 100 on the list. The Mustang, Oklahoma native signed with the Cyclones in November and went on to average 24.6 points, 8.0 rebounds and 5.3 assists as a senior.

Here is a Q&A with Long as posted by The Oklahoman.

Key Dates For Deonte Burton

It was announced last night that Deonte Burton had entered his name in the NBA Draft. Without signing an agent, Burton is able to gather feedback from NBA teams and still return to Iowa State for his senior season.

By announcing his intentions, Burton, the 2016 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, becomes eligible to be drafted in the NBA Draft, which takes place June 23, 2016. For informational purposes, here are the key dates for Burton:

April 26: Can start working out for NBA Teams. Student-athletes cannot miss class to attend a workout.
May 10-15: Can compete in NBA Draft Combine, if selected, in Chicago.
May 25: Deadline to decide whether to stay in/withdraw from the NBA Draft.

Niang Jersey On Display At Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Going to be in the Springfield, Massachusetts area in the next year? Head on over to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. When there, you will find Georges Niang’s Iowa State jersey on display. The jersey is part of the display honoring the college basketball award recipients, with Niang’s representing the Karl Malone Award, an honor he received in early April.


Keep an eye on @CycloneMBB and we’ll let you know when the jersey will officially go on display. If you do make it to the hall of fame, take a picture of you next to the jersey display and tweet it at our account.

The 3-Ball

When Iowa State went just 2-for-10 behind the arc against Colorado in the first game of the Steve Prohm era, many wondered if this was a sign of things to come. Prohm said it was simply a product of taking what was given to them and he didn’t anticipate it becoming the norm.

It didn’t. The Cyclones hit the third most 3-pointers in school history (293) and did it at the fourth-best clip (38.7).

Just how efficient was the Cyclones’ offensive attack in the first season under Prohm? No other team in the top-25 for 3-point field-goal percentage shot better than the Cyclones on 2-point field-goal attempts (56.7).

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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