Hoiberg anxious to learn what he truly has

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He’d run through a wall for you. He has a Big 12 body. He has taken the greatest strides on the team. He is our “go to” guy. He’s a shot maker. He can space the floor.

It’s probably not a big surprise that the above statements were shared by new Iowa State men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg at his media day news conference Wednesday. After all, Hoiberg spent the last several years in a player personnel position with the Minnesota Timberwolves. The mini-scouting reports that Hoiberg shared yesterday sounded like the tid-bit info that scouts toss around when assessing players.

Hoiberg is excited to get started and see what he truly has on his team. The club and coach have had short sessions the last several weeks to work on shooting and skill development. But, the real work starts now with full workouts and scrimmaging.

This year’s Cyclones will likely depend on seniors Diante Garrett (he is the “go to” guy) and Jamie Vanderbeken (he can space the floor) and junior Scott Christopherson (he’s a shot maker).

But, the freshmen will play, too. Among that group are: Melvin Ejim (he has a Big 12 body), Calvin Godfrey (he’d run through a wall for you) and Jordan Railey (he has taken the greatest strides).

In regards to the coming season, Hoiberg noted that every Big 12 coach picked the Cyclones to finish last in the league race and he shared that information with his club.

Hoiberg also believes his guys are anxious to prove that sentiment wrong, and his new cast of characters – complete with their sound-bite assessments – get started on that process right away.

Reader feedback is welcome at 2minutetimeout@iastate.edu. You can also follow me on Twitter at: twitter.com/SteveMalchow

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