Cyclones leading the Big 12 with four Rookie of the Week honors after McGee’s stellar week


Iowa State’s early season conference success has not been rewarded with any Big 12 Player of the Week honors to date. Kansas has had five honorees while Baylor, Texas and Kansas State boast two each.

The Cyclones do lead the league in Rookie of the Week honors with four. Tyrus McGee, who averaged 18.5 points (11-20 three pointers) and committed no turnovers in 57 minutes last week, joins Royce White (twice) and Chris Babb as recipients of the rookie award.

Since 54% of the ISU roster is in its first season in Ames there is normally a good Rookie of the Week candidate for the Cyclones.

When Coach Fred Hoiberg was asked about McGee’s success Monday, the questioner noted that White, Babb, Chris Allen and Anthony Booker got more of the pre-season acclaim among the first-year Cyclones.

“He (McGee) was my #1 target last year,” Hoiberg said. “I fell in love with the kid. It’s not just his shooting but also how hard he played.”

Hoiberg also noted that McGee is the team’s most talkative player.

“(Tyrus) is as vocal as anybody we have,” Hoiberg said. “I love his passion and enthusiasm for his teammates. That’s something we need.”

If he keeps shooting and defending like he is, you can figure the reigning Big 12 Rookie of the Week will continue to get a lot of minutes. Perhaps, that will allow him to win a Player of the Week honor the next time.

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