Shooting prowess of the Cyclones impressive


There must have been some good teaching and some good learning in the Sukup Basketball Complex this year.

Undergrad or graduate, man or woman, short or tall … it really didn’t matter. The Cyclones, last winter, had some shooters. Consider:

Fred Hoiberg. He’s competed in a season-long free throw shooting competition in a promotion sponsored by the American Heart Association. Hoiberg reached the finals, which have not yet been staged, by making an amazing 227 of 228 free throws. That included 102 consecutive makes in a tie-breaker against former Indiana guard Steve Alford.

Kelsey Bolte. She participated in a three-point shooting contest at last weekend’s Final Four and finished second in the star-studded field. She had the best first-round score and advanced to the finals against the NCAA’s leading shooter, Cerie Mosgrove (UMass).

Scott Christopherson. He led the Big 12 in three pointers made, hit at least one shot from long distance in a school-record 34 games and finished 11th nationally in percentage last season.

Anna Prins. The 6-foot-7 sophomore made 36.5% of her three pointers, which would have ranked 80th nationally with enough attempts. Of the top 150 shooters nationally, none were within four inches of Prins. She was arguably the top shooting center in the nation.

Jamie Vanderbeken. ISU’s 6-11 forward, made 42.5% of his 153 three pointers (which would have ranked 19th nationally with sufficient attempts). No one among the top 75 were within four inches of him. Again, the case could be made he was the most accurate big man (from distance) in the NCAA.

Additionally, the Iowa State men smashed their school record for season 3’s by making 275 last year (old mark was 236) and the Cyclone women were 12th nationally in three-point percentage.

Both coaching staffs emphasize the 3-point shot and there appears to be a good reason why. ISU can make them.

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