Return of Ejim & Niang a good start as Hoiberg shuffles personnel.


When Fred Hoiberg opened training camp last fall, there were lots of questions about replacing double figure scorers Royce White, Scott Christopherson and Chris Allen from an NCAA Tournament team.

ISU had no double-figure scorers on its roster when the season started.

The only other schools in the ’12 tourney field, which lost three twin-digit scorers from the 2011, and made it back to the tournament again were Wichita State, Georgetown, Missouri and North Carolina.

It can be done. The Cyclones will be trying to repeat that act again in 2013-14.

Fresh off its second NCAA Tournament appearance in as many years, the Cyclones are losing double figure scorers in Will Clyburn, Tyrus McGee, and Korie Lucious. Plus, Chris Babb averaged 9.1 points.

The strengths of Hoiberg are many, but assessing, assembling and blending talent is one of them. It will be months before answers emerge in regards to next season.

Hoiberg will be assessing his new recruits, redshirted players and bench players from this year. But, he also starts the process this time by welcoming back double-figure scorers in Melvin Ejim and Georges Niang. That wasn’t the case a year ago.

Hoiberg, the personnel man, will be trying to fit his pieces together as best as he can. His track record is pretty good in this area.

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