Hoiberg, the coach and the former shooter, loves the assist guys

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Iowa State basketball followers know that Fred Hoiberg covets shooters.

 So, it’s kind of funny in post-game sessions with the news media, he doesn’t often single out the “hot” shooter. But, if the team’s assist total is to his liking it almost always draws a smile and comment.

 The 2013-14 Cyclones currently lead the nation in assists, averaging 18.6 per game. The only other school in the nation averaging more than 18 assists per game is Creighton, led by former Iowa State Coach Greg McDermott.

 What’s common between ISU and Creighton is that the high assist totals are generated by multiple players.

 Three Cyclones (DeAndre Kane – 146 assists, Georges Niang – 89 and Monte Morris – 78) and three Bluejays (Austin Chatman – 110, Grant Gibbs – 83 and Jahenns Manigat – 76) have more than 75 assists to date. No other schools nationally have three such players.

 As a great shooter during his career, Hoiberg appreciated a good set-up man. As a coach, he is still cherishing the guys willing to make a pass for the benefit of a teammate. And, on this team, he has more than his share of them.