The roster is now set. We think.
Craig Brackins is in. So is Lucca Staiger. So are four incoming players who form the most promising recruiting class of Coach Greg McDermott’s Iowa State career.
Two-year starter Diante Garrett will be a junior. Big men Jamie Vanderbeken and Justin Hamilton played a lot last year in their first seasons at ISU. Charles Boozer — the only question mark as to whether or not he’ll return to campus — provided defense, energy and an occasional 3-pointer off the bench.
Players who sat out last season but did everything their teammates did (except play): forward L.A. Pomlee and Marquette transfer guard Scott Christopherson.
What does all this mean?
Cyclone fans are jacked up for basketball season. In May. And they have reason to be.
The 2009-10 season should be McDermott’s most successful yet in Ames, barring injury or academics throwing it for a loop. Staiger’s decision to forgo a professional career in European and return to ISU solidifies a team that has legitimate postseason hopes and a shot to move up the Big 12 standings.
Is luck finally on ISU’s side again? It’s looking that way.