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.

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One thought on “Hoiberg, the coach and the former shooter, loves the assist guys

  1. Hi, Steve. I enjoy your blog. I should have mentioned this to you a couple of weeks ago but did you see Sports Illustrated’s online piece pointing out that Melvin Ejim’s 48-point, 18 rebound performance against TCU puts him in elite company:
    1) His 48 points tied him with a Texas Southern player for this year’s NCAA single-game scoring record.
    2) The last three Big 12 players to score at least 35 points and haul in at least 15 rebounds in a single game were OU’s Blake Griffin (2008-2009), K-State’s Mike Beasely (2007-2008) and UT’s Kevin Durant (2006-2007).
    3) He’s also the first player in D-1 or the NBA to score 48 points and pull down 18 rebounds in a single game since Shaq did it in 2003.
    Not bad company for a guy who most nights quietly goes about his business of collecting double-doubles and occasionally breaks out for some gaudy numbers like he did against TCU.
    Best wishes and thanks for doing what you do and for doing it so well.
    Bob Krotz
    ISU ’66

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