Iowa State Cyclones head coach Hoiberg reacts to a call during their third round NCAA tournament basketball game against Ohio State Buckeyes in Dayton

Fred Hoiberg, Iowa State agree to ten-year deal through 2023

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On the heels of leading his alma mater to its second consecutive NCAA tournament appearance, Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg became a hot commodity with some outlets reporting Minnesota’s interest in him as the replacement for the recently fired Tubby Smith.

But Hoiberg won’t be going anywhere this offseason, as Iowa State announced late Thursday that the two parties came to an agreement on a new 10-year, $20 million contract that runs through 2023.

“I am very excited that we were able to put together a financial package that allows Fred to remain an integral part of our Cyclone family,” Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard said in a statement released by the school.

“Nobody is better suited to be our head men’s basketball coach and we wanted to show he and his family, along with all Cyclone fans, that we are committed to keeping him in Ames for the long term.”

Known as “The Mayor” in Ames since he was in high school, Hoiberg has loaded up with transfers during his tenure as head coach but with great success. Iowa State finished the 2012-13 season with a 23-12 (11-17 Big 12) record, losing a heartbreaker to Ohio State last Sunday.

Before this season the Cyclones last made back-to-back NCAA tournament trips in 2000 and 2001, and with Hoiberg signed to a long-term deal the program can now look towards the future with a sense of security.

“When I returned to the University three seasons ago, it was a dream come true,” Hoiberg said in the statement. “The progress that we have made so far has been very rewarding, but there is more work ahead. I sincerely appreciate the support that President [Steven] Leath and Jamie have given me.

“Ames is my home and Hilton Coliseum has given me countless memories as both a player and coach. I look forward to continue leading a program that Cyclone fans can be proud of.”

Hoiberg and his staff have to replace three double-digit scorers, led by Big 12 Newcomer of the Year Will Clyburn, and while Chris Babb averaged just 9.1 points per game the guard was their best perimeter defender. However in forward Georges Niang the Cyclones have a player capable of being one of the best in the Big 12 in the years to come.

Raphielle also writes for the NBE Basketball Report and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

Florida Gulf Coast’s Demetris Morant out 3-4 months

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Florida Gulf Coast redshirt junior forward Demetris Morant is expected to miss the next 3-4 months after undergoing surgery last week to repair a stress fracture in his right shin, the school announced on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 4.5 points, 4.4 blocks and 1.3 blocks per game in 33 appearances (18 starts) for the Eagles during the 2014-15 season.

“This is obviously an unfortunate setback for Demetris, but it was a procedure that needed to be done,” Florida Gulf Coast head coach Dooley said in a statement. “We decided it would be best to have it completed now to hopefully get him back for A-Sun play. It’s an opportunity now for other guys to step up in his absence, and I have confidence they’ll get the job done.”

The Eagles have the top frontline in the Atlantic Sun, one that returns Marc-Eddy Norelia and Filip Cvjeticanin, a 3-point shooter who missed all of last season recovering from back surgery. VCU transfer Antravious Simmons becomes eligible in the second semester.

Florida Gulf Coast begins the 2015-16 season on Nov. 14 against Ohio.

Bill Self on Cheick Diallo: ‘It may be a couple of more weeks’

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Cheick Diallo is currently practicing with Kansas, but his eligibility still remains in question.

On Monday, Kansas head coach Bill Self appeared on “The Border Patrol” on WHB-AM 810 and was asked to update the status of his freshman big man.

“He’s been cleared to practice,” Self told hosts Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty. “(His status) is depending on what they find throughout from the information we submit to them whenever we get it all together.

“A lot of people think, ‘Well, why wouldn’t it all be together?’ Well there’s a lot of reasons why. It’s because they told us recently some things that they just wanted. Instead of just throwing it to them piece by piece, they requested we to just submit it all together, so it may be a couple of more weeks before we’re able to submit everything when you’re talking about getting information from schools in Mali and everything like that.

“But we hope in two weeks, maybe three weeks, before we have a definite answer. But right now, Cheick is like everybody else. He’s practicing.”

Diallo, a 6-foot-9 forward from Mali is allowed to practice with the Jayhawks, but has been waiting to be cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center despite enrolling in classes over the summer and earning six credits. Self anticipated this would be a long process, but has remained confident Diallo, the top-5 recruit in Class of 2015, will eventually be cleared to play this season.

For three years, Diallo attended Our Savior New American School in Centereach, New York, which is currently under NCAA review. In September, Pitt freshman Damon Wilson, Diallo’s teammate at OSNA, was cleared to play.

Kansas opens the season on Nov. 13 against Northern Colorado.