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Recruiting ability, fit are key for new mbb assistants

April 19, 2010

AMES — Iowa State has two openings on its coaching staff. What is Greg McDermott looking for in filling those spots?

“Recruiting is always a priority,” the Cyclone coach said during an interview late last week.

With just six scholarship players and two walk-ons currently on campus, immediate recruiting help would be welcome. Realistically, McDermott is meaning down the road, starting with next year’s class.

What else?

An appreciation for the school and the community also is key, McDermott said.

“It has to be somebody who believes (Ames) is a fit for them, because it is not for everybody. That’s just the reality,” he said.

Resumes are pouring in, McDermott says. He’s done some interviews and hopes to make one or both hires official by the end of this week.

“I haven’t struggled to find people who are interested,” McDermott said. “There’s plenty of people who want to be here. It’s trying to find the right people.”

He and coaches T.J. Otzelberger and Jeff Rutter have spent the last few days looking for additions to this year’s recruiting class. Coaches are in an open recruiting period until Wednesday.

McDermott was boarding a plane headed for Wisconsin Friday afternoon. Rutter was traveling to Europe to visit prospects.

“The next (few) days are important for us as we continue to evaluate a few guys more in-depth,” McDermott said.

ISU has seen three players leave the program (Justin Hamilton, Dominique Buckley and Chris Colvin) since the season ended last month.

The late signing period began last week. One player — Oregon big man Jordan Railey — has signed so far. McDermott needs a few more to join up.

“We’ve had players visit and have more planned,” he said. “We are looking at a few (Division I) transfers as well.”

Brackins going pro, two others leaving team

March 12, 2010

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Forward Craig Brackins will forgo his final year of eligibility and Justin Hamilton and Dominique Buckley will transfer away from Iowa State, Coach Greg McDermott confirmed this afternoon.

Brackins will hire an agent, according to an ISU release.

The all-Big 12 forward stayed in town to watch ISU’s women’s team play in the Big 12 Tournament will be available to reporters at halftime of their quarterfinal game against Oklahoma State tonight.

His exit was expected. Hamilton’s is a major blow to a team that went 15-17 overall and now will be without starters Brackins, Hamilton and Marquis Gilstrap.

The sophomore center started 32 games this season, averaging 6.4 points and 5.4 rebounds a game. The Alpine, Utah, native said he wants to play somewhere closer to home.

“I appreciate everything the Cyclone Nation has done for me,” Hamilton said. “The fan base, my teammates and the support of the community at ISU has been incredible, but I just feel I need to be at a school closer to home where my family will have a better opportunity to watch me play. I appreciate everything Coach McDermott and the coaching staff has done for me. They have helped me improve as a player and person.”

Buckley averaged 1.4 points in 27 games this season as a reserve.

ISU-Mizzou mbb: my postscript

February 11, 2010

Iowa State fought hard in a 65-56 loss at Missouri Wednesday night with just seven scholarship player suited up.

They were within one point on a handful of occasions late in the second half. They never took the lead and Kim English’s long 3-pointer with 1:45 to play pretty much sealed the game, and ISU’s sixth loss in seven games.

The Cyclones are 13-11 overall and 2-7 in the Big 12 heading into Saturday’s game at No. 1 Kansas.

Which team is more disappointment in being 13-11 you think, ISU or North Carolina after Wed. night’s loss to Duke? That’s a discussion for another day.

Anyways, here are some observations from Wednesday night’s game at Mizzou:

– Lucca Staiger’s presence on the 3-point line is sorely missed. ISU is a combined 7 of 37 (18.9 percent) from beyond the arc over the last two games.

– It may not be in ISU’s best interests that Scott Christopherson is playing as much as he is. The shooting guard clearly is affected by his mononucleosis and his defense and outside shooting accuracy looks to me to be suffering. I’m aware of the numbers problem, but if he’s hurting the team get someone else  — like steady backup Dominique Buckley — in there for him.

– Had LaRon Dendy been in Columbia and not Greenville, S.C., this one could have gone the other way. The Tigers owned the offensive glass — especially late — an area where the 6-9 Dendy would have helped and prevented second and third shot opportunities.

– Craig Brackins really needs to stop forcing crazy impossible, high-degree-of-difficulty shots against double teams. I realize he’s the team’s leading scorer, but there has to be a better shot at the goal than some of the stuff he’s firing up there.

– Chris Colvin may have been 1 for 9 shooting but he got to the rim and into the paint as good as any Cyclone guard in recent memory. He’s not Jamaal Tinsley just yet, but say this for the freshman, he’s aggressive. And that’s a good thing.

– If ISU shoots anywhere close to the season-low 32.8 percent it shot against Mizzou, brace for an ugly, ugly loss to the Jayhawks aa Allen Fieldhouse. It may be ugly anyway.

Men’s hoops news and notes

January 26, 2010

AMES — Marquis Gilstrap is scheduled to rejoin the team Tuesday night in Oklahoma following his uncle’s funeral back home in Georgia.

Gilstrap left Ames Monday morning. He’ll participate in Wednesday morning’s shootaround at the Lloyd Noble Center prior to Iowa State’s 8 p.m. game against Oklahoma.

Hopefully the Cyclones’ leading scorer (18 ppg) and rebounder (12.3)  in Big 12 Conference play won’t show much rust and a lack of preparedness for the scouting report. Gilstrap was withheld from Sunday’s practice because of a sore knee.

“These couple days might be good for him to get a little bit of rest,” said Coach Greg McDermott. “He’s got an understanding of what we are doing. He’ll be fine.”

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A victory tonight over the Sooners  would be reason for celebration in more ways than one.

No Iowa State team has won in Norman since Valentine’s Day 1996, a 70-58 victory. The Cyclone men have lost six straight at OU and 16 consecutive regular-season games in the state of Oklahoma counting in games at Oklahoma State.

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With just eight scholarship guys, ISU players are having to settle into roles they are not entirely familiar with.

Sophomore Dominique Buckley is one of three point guards on the active roster. Buckley is having to play the off guard spot with Lucca Staiger and Charles Boozer unavailable.

It’s been an adjustment, to say the least.

“That’s not something he’s practiced at any time over the last year-and-a-half because we’ve had enough depth. He’s going to have to play there the rest of the season.”

Scott Christopherson will start his third game since Staiger’s shocking decision to leave the team.

Like Gilstrap, Christopherson also missed practice Sunday because of an illness. He’s carrying a heavy load for McDermott on both ends of the floor.

“We are asking a lot of Scott,” he said. “He’s got to guard (Kansas’) Sherron Collins, but I expect him to score. He’ll guard (Oklahoma’s) Willie Warren, and I need him to score some points. It would be nice if there was enough offense around him that we wouldn’t have to rely on him heavily.”

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ISU has now seen them both up close. Which team is better, Kansas or Texas?

“They are both really talented and both very deep,” McDermott said.

The Big 12 heavyweights meet up Feb. 8 in an ESPN Big Monday game. The No. 2-ranked Jayhawks (19-1) beat up on Missouri last night, winning 84-65 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Texas (17-2) fell to No. 6 in the Associated Press poll after losses last week to Kansas State and Connecticut.

“It’s going to be a heck of a game,” McDermott said. “They are both athletic, they both can score on the inside, they both have solid point guard play. Both are very deserving of a top-10 ranking.”

Another Cyclone streak snapped in Lincoln

January 17, 2010

Iowa State’s streak-busting in Lincoln continued Saturday night with a 56-53 win at Nebraska, snapping a 16-game Big 12 Conference road losing skid.

Three months earlier — just days apart — it was the Cyclone football team leaving town with its first win at Memorial Stadium since 1977 and ISU’s volleyball team winning its first overall match against the Huskers in 75 tries.

As was the case with football, it wasn’t pretty, but the Cyclones finished strong.

They got the job done defensively down the stretch, holding Nebraska down and forcing tough shots for the offensively challenged Huskers.

ISU survived this one despite shooting 39.3 percent on FGs and having Craig Brackins score just six points.

Brackins, who along with juniors Diante Garrett and Lucca Staiger got his first conference road victory, did pull down 11 rebounds and dish out three assists.

Seven different players had at least six points, led by Marquis Gilstrap’s 15 to go with 12 rebounds.

Next up is a game at Texas Tech on Wednesday. That’s another very winnable road game. Is two in a row too tall a task for this crew?

DEPTH PERCEPTION

It wasn’t long ago that depth was thought to be a strength of this team.

Not anymore.

The Cyclones are down to eight scholarship players after Saturday’s news that reserve guard Charles Boozer will miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Boozer was hurt in Wednesday’s loss to No. 1-ranked Texas.

He would have been an important player off the bench for Coach Greg McDermott over the last half of the season.  Instead, he joins Jamie Vanderbeken (ankle) on injured reserve and is the fourth player in the last 10 days to become unavailable.

Forward L.A. Pomlee was dismissed and freshman point guard Chris Colvin is on suspension until at least February.

ISU managed themselves fine agianst Nebraska, but are going to find more difficult tests in the next two months.  Right now the help off the bench consists of Scott Christopherson, LaRon Dendy and Dominique Buckley.

McDermott, from all indications, is not considering pulling the redshirt off true freshman Antwon Oliver.

NBA DOWN ON BRACKINS?

The newest issue of ESPN the Magazine includes a not-so-flattering blurb about Brackins’ pro prospects.

In hoops analyst Doug Gottlieb’s notes column, Gottlieb quotes an unnamed NBA scout on Brackins: “He’s wildly overrated.” Gottlieb says league evaluators are seeing the 6-10 big man as “a face-the-basket 3 trapped in a 4’s body without enough athleticism to create his own shot.”

Brackins was a sure first-round NBA Draft pick last June but decided to return to ISU for his junior season.

A mock draft at www.nbadraft.net has Brackins going No. 16 to Minnesota.  It also has former Cyclone Wesley Johnson, now at Syracuse, at No. 2 overall behind Kentucky’s freshman point guard John Wall.

Boozer likely out for Nebraska game

January 15, 2010

AMES — Super sub Charles Boozer is considered “doubtful” for Iowa State’s 7 p.m. Big 12 basketball game Saturday at Nebraska, according to ISU media relations contact Mike Green.  

Boozer injured his right knee late in the first half of Wednesday’s 90-83 loss to No. 1 Texas. The junior guard’s knee cap slid out of place when he came down on a drive to the basket.

It popped back in but Boozer had the knee wrapped with ice and did not return to the game.

“Everyone else is good,” Green said.

With Boozer’s absence the Cyclones’ depth takes yet another hit. Guard Chris Colvin (suspension) and center Jamie Vanderbeken (ankle) are both out indefinitely and reserve forward L.A. Pomlee was dismissed from the team last week.

Sophomore Dominique Buckley figures to see increased playing time and ISU’s starters will have to log even more minutes.

Colvin expecting big things for freshman season

July 2, 2009

Chris Colvin isn’t shy about sharing his great expectations for his first season at Iowa State, which has the look of its best of the Greg McDermott era.

“I’m trying to win some of these games, that way we can make it to the (NCAA) tournament or even try and win the Big 12. Those are my goals,” said Colvin, who has some expectations of his own to live up to as a top-100 recruit nationally.

Colvin helped win an Illinois state championship for Whitney Young H.S., one of the nation’s most prominent programs.

The Chicago native averaged 12.3 points and 6.2 assists as a senior. He figures to play a good amount in what will be a crowded backcourt with two-year starter Diante Garrett back, along with returners Lucca Staiger, Dominique Buckley, Charles Boozer and Scott Christopherson, the Marquette transfer who sat out last season.        

“As a freshman I’m coming in trying to have an impact on our team and an impact on our league,” Colvin said. “Everyone wants to play. Unfortunately there are only five guys that step on the court.”

The 6-2, 195-pounder is an upgrade athletically. Could he even crack the starting lineup?

“It’s a goal for me but I’m not too worried about it,” Colvin said. “I think I can start in the Big 12.”

McDermott has waited three years for a collection of incoming players like he now has in Colvin Marquis Gilstrap, LaRon Dendy and Antwon Oliver.

Add that to what ISU has returning and Colvin may be right on with how successful his new team will be.           

“Craig (Brackins) coming back, that was a big piece to the puzzle,” he said. “Adding Marquis, me and LaRon and Antwon… that should help us get over the top this year, along with the guys that we already have got.

“I know we are going to have a great season this year. Hopefully we can go do something big.”

New Cyclone Gilstrap ready to live up to the hype

June 30, 2009

WEST DES MOINES – Considering some of the maneuvers Marquis Gilstrap pulled off with legs at less than full strength, Iowa State basketball fans are in for a serious high-wire act this season.

Gilstrap showed off his leaping ability Sunday during at the YMCA Capital City League. Rebounds, blocked shots, tip dunks… the Cyclone newcomer was above the rim on several occasions.

“That’s off of two legs,” Gilstrap said. “Off of one I can’t do it that well.”

Umm, really? The signee from Gulf Coast (Fla.) Community College still is strengthening the muscles in his left leg. An injury to his patellar tendon forced Gilstrap to miss two full years of basketball before a monster return last season at GCCC.

He has athleticism and leaping ability no one on ISU’s roster can match.

“I love playing with him,” said guard Dominique Buckley, a summer league teammate of Gilstrap’s. “You throw the ball up anywhere and he’ll get it.”

Gilstrap averaged 22.6 points and 10.1 rebounds, and was rated at the No. 2 junior college player in the nation by ESPN.com.

He has only season to play, but could be awarded another if ISU petitions the NCAA for a medical hardship.

Cyclone fans have massive expectations for the 6-6, 210-pound forward, believing he may be the missing piece to a return to prominence in the Big 12 Conference.

“I take it as a challenge. I think my game is good enough that I can handle it,” Gilstrap said.

He’s proven he can hit from 3-point range – 52 of 127 for 40.9 percent at GCCC – and he’s becoming more comfortable in the weight room thanks to ISU’s strength coach Andy Moser.

“I’m pretty much used to it,” said Gilstrap, who will wear the No. 3 at ISU. “I haven’t lifted much in the past.”

Presently, he’s impressing his new teammates with his array of skills.

“He’s a great player,” said junior guard Diante Garrett. “He’s strong. His game is more mature than most of us. I think he’s going to be ready.”

Coach Greg McDermott sees great potential in his prized recruit.

“Now he’s got to overcome this next level of adjustment,” he said. “There’s a big difference between where he played last year and what he’s going to be asked to do… The work ethic and passion is there. It’s a matter of putting it all together.”

Same goes for the team.

The Cyclones have a potential all-America forward, experienced guards, talented newcomers and quality depth. ISU’s postseason drought is at four years and counting.

Most everybody expects that to end.

“We’ve got a real good team,” Gilstrap said. “We are going to be really good I think.”


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