The updated scouting report on Babb should now read “top-notch defender,” too

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At the time of his transfer from Penn State to Iowa State, the one-word scouting report on Chris Babb read “shooter.”

It’s probably an accurate description considering his 31-point scoring average as a high school senior and 69 three-pointers as a sophomore at PSU.

It might be time to alter that scouting report to say “shooter and top-notch defender.”

Babb routinely covers the opponents’ best offensive threat and his versatility allows for that.

In the last three games, he has guarded Texas 6-1 sharpshooter J’Covan Brown, Texas A&M lithe 6-7 wingman Khris Middleton and Missouri’s 6-3 scorer Marcus Denmon. That trio, which averages a combined 50.5 points, scored just 31 against the Cyclones (and, primarily, Babb).

“He takes pride in guarding the other team’s best player,” Coach Fred Hoiberg said. “A big message I’ve had for all of our guys is that if your offense isn’t going, make it up in different areas.”

Babb has done so, but he feels it really isn’t a new role.

“(At Penn State), I guarded Chris Allen (Michigan State), Korie Lucious (MSU), Lawrence Westbrook (Minnesota) and Evan Turner (Ohio State),” Babb said. “Maybe I was a good defender or maybe they didn’t want (Nittany Lion leading scorer and teammate) Talor Battle to get into foul trouble.”

Babb sees more defense in his future.

“A lot of people like to call me a shooter,” he said. “It’s a mindset (to play defense) and I like the challenge.”

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