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Report: Iowa State admins ‘nickel and dimed’ Hoiberg’s program

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When it was announced during the summer that Fred Hoiberg would be leaving his position as head coach at Iowa State to take on the same role with the Chicago Bulls, few were surprised. “The Mayor” made a name for himself in his hometown of Ames as a high school and college player at Iowa State, and returned to lead the program to multiple NCAA tournament appearances and two Big 12 tournament titles.

However due to his experience in the NBA as a player and executive, a move to the pro game was seen by many as a matter of “when” it would occur as opposed to “if.” What many may not have bargained for was some of the circumstances that reportedly may have influenced Hoiberg’s decision to make the move to Chicago.

Wednesday Travis Hines of the Ames Tribune wrote a story detailing some of the issues Hoiberg’s program reportedly had to deal with away from the court, with the athletic administration “nickel and diming” the team in the years leading up to the head coach’s departure.

One example of this occurred following the team’s winning of the 2013 Diamond Head Classic on Honolulu.

The day after claiming the Diamond Head Classic championship in Hawaii in December 2013, the Iowa State men’s basketball team used luggage as beds and pillows in a hotel ballroom.

The Cyclones, on their way to the best start in school history, went without hotel rooms in order to save ISU from paying an extra night’s rate as they waited hours for their return flights to Iowa, sources with direct knowledge of the situation told the Ames Tribune.

“It was bush league,” one source said. “It was a mid-major move.”

It should be noted that both Pollard and Hoiberg were guests on 1460 KXNO-AM in Des Moines Wednesday afternoon, and they denied having issues with each other (in separate segments). That was one of the other issues cited in the story, with the two being “professional” but not all that close. Hoiberg also touched on the hotel room incident in his interview.

While that may not seem like a big deal, being used as a reason for the increase in prices “concerned” Hoiberg according to the story. And given the fact that he grew up in Ames, that’s certainly an understandable concern to have.


With Hoiberg having moved on, the question now is how this will all impact Steve Prohm as he looks to pick up where “The Mayor” left off. While on the court the talent is there for Prohm to have an immediate impact in his first season as head coach, financial support will factor into the efforts to make sure Iowa State basketball is successful for years to come.

And if there are issues between the administration and the head coach, that task becomes far more difficult.

JUCO forward becomes Iowa State’s third 2016 commit

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Friday afternoon Iowa State head coach Steve Prohm and his staff received their third commitment in the Class of 2016, as 6-foot-9 forward Emmanuel Malou announced that he’ll be a Cyclone next season. Malou announced the news by way of his Twitter account, and he joins fellow forward Solomon Young and guard Donovan Jackson in Iowa State’s 2016 class.

“Basketball has taken me to many different states in America, and I’m happy to say that my next home will be Iowa State,” Malou said via Twitter.

Malou attends Yuba CC in California, where he put together a productive freshman season in 2014-15. Malou averaged 14.7 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game last season, helping lead Yuba to a 12-4 record in Bay Valley Conference play (part of the California Community College Athletic Association). Yuba, which finished the season with an overall record of 15-10, was ranked 11th in the state at the end of the season.

Malou has range out to the three-point line, and his length and athleticism are evident on both ends of the floor.

Originally from Australia, Malou completed his high school career at ABCD Prep in Des Moines, Iowa and in recently picked up offers from the likes of Kansas and Oregon. With Iowa State losing three front court players at the end of the 2015-16 season, Georges Niang, Jameel McKay and Abdel Nader, the addition of Malou is an important one for the Big 12 program.

Iowa State lands Iowa Western CC point guard Donovan Jackson

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With Monte’ Morris being a junior and expected backup Nick Noskowiak leaving the program earlier this month, Iowa State had a need for a point guard in the 2016 recruiting class. Sunday night head coach Steve Prohm landed a player who can help in that regard, as Iowa Western CC point guard Donovan Jackson announced that he’s committed to the Big 12 program.

“I’m proud to announce that I will be attending Iowa State to play basketball,” Jackson said via Twitter. “Can’t wait to play in front [of] all those fans!”

The 6-foot-2 Milwaukee native made 20 starts at Iowa Western as a freshman, averaging 13.6 points and 2.3 assists per contest (Rico Thompson also played the point for Iowa Western) while also shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc. Jackson, who unofficially visited Iowa State earlier this month, also held offers from programs such as Creighton, Iowa, Memphis, Illinois, Wichita State and Ole Miss among many.

With Naz Long being a senior and Morris having the potential to turn pro after the 2015-16 season, the addition of Jackson is an important one for Iowa State. And given the number of seniors they’ll lose (Georges Niang, Jameel McKay and Abdel Nader in the front court) at the end of the upcoming campaign, Iowa State will have a lot of room for additions moving forward.

In addition to Jackson, Iowa State also has Arkansas transfer Nick Babb waiting in the wings on the perimeter. The younger brother of former Cyclone Chris Babb, Nick will have to sit out the 2015-16 season per NCAA transfer rules.