In the first year of Big 12 men’s basketball, Iowa State’s Jacy Holloway led the conference in assists.Nine years later (in 2009-10), Diante Garrett topped the Big 12 in that category. Current Cyclone Korie Lucious has designs on doing it, too. If he continues to play with the intelligence and patience that he has demonstrated lately, he’ll have a shot to reach that goal. Iowa State assistant T.J. Otzelberger posted the following on Twitter after Lucious’ nine-assist game vs. Texas: “(Lucious) has controlled pace and flow of our first two Big 12 games. Look for him to reach his goal of leading the Big 12 in assists.” Leading the league in assists – which could be a major determinant to keeping ISU towards the top of the conference standings – would be an outstanding legacy. “Korey has been phenomenal since our last loss,” Coach Fred Hoiberg said. “Our pace is as good as it’s been all year and that starts with Korie.” Lucious has been close to recording double-figure assists four times (Campbell, BYU, Florida Gulf Coast and Texas) this season, but fell one short. With the way his teammates have been converting and the mindset he’s bringing as a table setter, he has a great chance to be joining Holloway and Garrett as league assist champs. If that happens, wins should follow. And, really wins is how a point guard should be judged.
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