Iowa State’s men’s basketball season ended Wednesday night in Oklahoma City with a 81-67 loss to Oklahoma State at the Big 12 Tournament.
Few in Cyclone Nation were surprised or, quite frankly, disappointed.
Spring football practice begins March 24. The women’s basketball team is ranked in the top 20 and headed for another NCAA Tournament. ISU’s wrestling team qualified all 10 wrestlers for next week’s national championships.
There are things to look forward to in Ames.
The Cyclones were playing out the string, building for a 2009-10 season that hopefully includes star forward Craig Brackins.
The Cyclones finished 15-17 overall, Coach Greg McDermott’s third straight season missing out on postseason play, and were 4-12 in league play.
There’s work to do be done, quite obviously.
Athleticism, consistency, late-game execution — all need major upgrades. Pieces are there for McDermott, who returns everybody but seniors Alex Thompson, Sean Haluska and Bryan Petersen.
Fine people and solid players they are. Program-turning talents they are not.
Iowa State has reason to think next year will better.
Brackins has to realize he’d benefit by waiting another year to jump to the NBA, junior college transfer Marquis Gilstrap has to live up to the hype, Diante Garrett must be able to produce every game out and Chris Colvin has to be ready to play immediately.
Lucca Staiger and Jamie Vanderbeken proved they can be offensive weapons.
Marquette transfer Scott Christopherson should be a factor, judging by his work during practice while he sat out the season.
Justin Hamilton needs to keep improving but has a nice upside.
ISU’s prospects for next year hinge on Brackins, who would be silly not to at least go through NBA workouts to see where teams are telling him he stacks up with the rest of the draft class.
He can still return if he doesn’t hire an agent.
That’s the postseason storyline we’ll all be following. In the meantime, enjoy the wrestling, Cyclone women’s hoops and spring football updates.
Iowa State’s scholarship breakdown for ’09-10, assuming there are no changes
Seniors: F Jamie Vanderbeken, G/F Marquis Gilstrap
Juniors: F Craig Brackins, G Diante Garrett, G Charles Boozer, G Lucca Staiger
Sophomores: G Justin Hamilton, G Wes Eikmeier, G Dominique Buckley, G Scott Christopherson, G Clinton Mann
Freshmen: F L.A. Pomlee, G Chris Colvin
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