Hoiberg adjusting to his player’s abilities, which means Clyburn and Lucious are front and center.

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Some coaches recruit to their playing style. Others want talented players and find ways to mesh and maximize their talents.

Fred Hoiberg is kind of a mix. He has stated that he wants to play fast and believes his 2012-13 team is his best-equipped to do so.

The addition of super-quick point guard Korie Lucious leading sleek wing players like Will Clyburn, Chris Babb and Tyrus McGee give Hoiberg the option to quicken the pace.

“We were very unconventional last year and played an out of the box (style),” Hoiberg told Big 12 media last week.

He was, of course, referring to 270-pound primary ballhandler Royce White.  Hoiberg feels this year’s Cyclones will play at a pace more similar to his first season.

“It will look a little bit like two years ago when we had Diante Garrett leading our break,” Hoiberg said of the guard, who averaged 6.1 assists. “But, we have more weapons (on the wings) now.”

What’s obvious is that Hoiberg adjusts. At the league media day, he was asked by former college coach Matt Doherty what his preferred style is.

“I’m going to play to the strengths of my players,” Hoiberg said. “I like to exploit mismatches.”

Each year that mismatch is different. This year, his team may have a pace of play advantage. I get the feeling Hoiberg is licking his chops to get started with the speedy roster he has built.

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