When analysts talk about Iowa State’s offense, it’s typical to hear something about its floor spacing.
Coach Fred Hoiberg talks about it a lot. The players do, too.
During a recent ISU game (at Texas), former head coach and ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla referenced Iowa State’s offensive spacing but he added a caveat.
“You can’t have good spacing if you don’t have guys who can make shots,” Fraschilla said.
Spreading the court is one thing, but the impact is minimal unless a team uses the space to get good shots and score baskets.
Iowa State makes baskets and it’s a team-wide ability.
Six Cyclones – Georges Niang, Bryce Dejean-Jones, Naz Long, Dustin Hogue, Jameel McKay and Monte Morris – have attempted at least 100 shots this season and made at least 45%.
The other nine Big 12 schools combined have 23 players who have converted at least 45% of their shots with a minimum of 100 tries. Sixteen of those 23 are power players, who have attempted fewer than 40 three pointers.
Of the Cyclones’ six sharpshooters, Niang (89), Dejean-Jones (70), Long (156), Morris (64) and Hogue (48) have all tried at least 40 shots from long range. Their percentages were not built on a majority of dunks, lay-ups and other two pointers.
ISU is frequently saluted for its floor spacing. It’s time they are also noted for their shot-making abilities.
The two elements go hand-in-hand as Coach Fraschilla expertly said earlier this week.
[QUESTION: Who, you ask, are the seven Big 12 players not on ISU’s roster with shooting percentages above 45 and at least 40 three-point attempts? ANSWER: Baylor’s Taurean Prince and Royce O’Neale, Kansas’ Frank Mason and Brannen Greene, Texas’ Myles Turner and Demarcus Holland and WVU’s Jonathan Holton.]