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Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg returns to practice, but not to recruiting

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Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg is back on the court after a surgery to replace the pacemaker he was given after his career-ending open-heart surgery back in 2005.

Hoiberg had the procedure, which was nothing more than routine maintenance on the pacemaker as he essentially needed to get the batteries recharged, last Tuesday and was back home within a few hours.

Hoiberg made it back to practice on Tuesday, as the NCAA allows coaches some limited court time with their teams during the summer months.

The bad news for Hoiberg is that he wasn’t able to be out on the road recruiting last week and he will be remaining in Ames this week as well. Wednesday marked the start of the third and final live evaluation period this month, but with the rest needed after this surgery, Hoiberg has been unable to log the miles that it would take to fly to-and-from places like Georgia, Vegas, Milwaukee and Louisville this month.

In his stead has been Director of Basketball Operations Micah Byars, who was the fourth member of the Cyclone staff on the road along the program’s three assistant coaches. Only four staff members are allowed to be on the road recruiting at once, and without a waiver, it’s limited to the head coach and his three full-time assistants.

VIDEO: Marquette’s Henry Ellenson shows off his versatility

Marquette's Henry Ellenson is fouled by Providence's Ben Bentil as he drives to the basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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I’m on record saying that I would consider Marquette freshman Henry Ellenson if I had the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft, and while, at this point, I think that Brandon Ingram is probably going to end up going No. 2 — (Maybe No. 1???) — I still believe that Ellenson is going to be one of the best players from this draft class.

Why?

Well, just take a look at these highlights from the 26-point, 16-rebound performance he had in a win over Providence last night.

Then remember that Ellenson is 6-foot-11:

POSTERIZED: Pensacola State’s Jamal Thomas dunks through block attempt, makes coach go nuts

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A solid poster dunk went down in the junior college ranks last night as Pensacola State sophomore Jamal Thomas finished a dunk through a block attempt against Northwest Florida State.

The 6-foot-3 Thomas used his power and momentum to go through the opposing shot blocker and the play made his head coach, Pete Pena, go nuts with an over-exaggerated fist pump. The video is short, but be sure to watch for Pena’s reaction near the logo at the top right of the screen.