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.”