Season Preview: Iowa State
Last Season: 24-11 (NCAA 2nd Round)
Key Losses: Monte Morris, Nazareth Mitrou-Long, Deonte Burton, Matt Thomas
Key Additions: Lindell Wigginton, Terrence Lewis
The Cyclones were riding high coming into the NCAA tournament last year after winning the Big 12 tournament, but that was quickly put to a halt when they were defeated by the Purdue Boilermakers in the second round. Iowa State had four players last year that consistently scored for the team, putting together one of the most well-rounded lineups in the conference. This year they face a harsh reality, however, as all four of those players are gone this year.
The good news, is that head coach Steve Prohm brought in two decent recruits for the upcoming year, in canadian guard Lindell Wigginton and 6’5” forward Terrence Lewis. Both players are known for their scoring ability, Wigginton being talented in transition game and pick and roll, while Lewis uses his athleticism to drive to the rim. Recruits aside, coach Prohm has done a quality job so far filling Fred Hoiberg’s shoes after [Hoiberg] left for the Chicago Bulls, posting a 47 and 32 record so far for the Cyclones and a Sweet 16 appearance.
This year will undoubtedly be a more difficult task for Prohm, with the lack of proven scorers that Iowa State has on their roster. Whether they can make a run or not will likely come down to if the many young players on this roster can develop quickly enough in Prohm’s system. If the Cyclones are going to have a good season, watch for Lindell Wigginton and Donovan Jackson to step up as scoring threats down the stretch. With how young this team is, it’s not likely they are going to have a huge year, but not it’s not unreasonable to expect them to make the tournament and finish in the top half of the Big 12 again.
Projected Starting Lineup:
PG: Donovan Jackson
SG: Lindell Wigginton
SF: Nick Weiler-Babb
PF: Cameron Lard
C: Solomon Young