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Return to the 2006-07 Top 144 Preview

June 27th, 2006

By Joel Welser

Broadcast Basketball

 

Iowa State Cyclones

Overall Rank: #134

Conference Rank: #12 Big 12

 

2005-06: 16-14, 6-10, 7th (t)

2005-06 postseason: none

 

After high expectations fizzled, new coach Greg McDermott will have to do some work before lofty hopes reach Iowa State again.  I recommend buying a program, because there are a lot of new names and faces in Ames this year.  And that isn’t really a bad thing.

 

Who’s Out: Curtis Stinson and Will Blalock are gone, which is painful.  The Cyclone fans want to put the Wayne Morgan era behind them, so instead of dwelling on the past, we’ll spend more time looking at the future and make the out list nice and quick.  Besides Stinson and Blalock, Farnold Degand, Mike Evanovich, Shawn Taggart and Tasheed Carr are leaving early.  Anthony Davis and John Neal have run out of eligibility.

 

Who’s In: Corey McIntosh has the early start on the point guard spot.  The reigning California Junior College Player of the Year at Fullerton College brings experience and poise to the backcourt.  Michael Taylor, another junior college transfer, is a solid pickup.  Taylor averaged 12.5 points per game at Chipola Junior College and his shooting ability will be much appreciated this season at Iowa State.  Incoming freshman Dodie Dunson will have a chance to see plenty of minutes.  The 6-3 combo guard can do a little bit of everything and will cover all the perimeter spots.  Redshirt freshman Brock Jacobson can step off the bench and hit the big three pointer.  He’ll earn some minutes as a roleplayer, but don’t expect too much yet.  Wesley Johnson is an athletic, 6-7 wing.  He has a solid outside shot and can out jump the opposition to grab some boards.  Cory Johnson will battle with returnees Jessan Gray and Ross Marsden for minutes in the post.  At 6-7 and 215 pounds, Johnson has the size and strength to battle under the basket.  Walk-on forward Mike Smith, a transfer from Iowa Central Community College, will provide emergency depth in the paint.

 

Who to Watch: Rahshon Clark burst onto the scene last year as a sophomore, averaging 13.1 points and 5.5 rebounds.  This year, the 6-6 forward will be looked upon as a team leader and go-to-scorer.  That is a role the junior shouldn’t have a problem with and look for Clark to continue to improve. 

 

Final Projection: Jiri Hubalek and Marsden have starting experience up front, and Gray is a decent option off the bench.  Throw in Cory Johnson and the frontcourt doesn’t look too shabby, although Hubalek may miss part of the season due to an ongoing NCAA investigation.  The perimeter is where the problem lies with no returning impact players on the roster.  Once the newcomers get adjusted to Ames, the backcourt has the potential to be a positive.  Iowa State will surprise some teams and compete with more talented teams, but in the end, the lack of depth will catch up with the Cyclones.  However, I’ve seen Greg McDermott do a lot of great things with far less depth than ISU will offer.

 

Projected Post-season Tournament: none

 

Projected Starting Five:

Corey McIntosh, Junior, Guard, DNP last season

Michael Taylor, Sophomore, Guard, DNP last season

Rahshon Clark, Junior, Forward, 13.1 points per game

Ross Marsden, Sophomore, Center, 2.7 points per game

Jiri Hubalek, Junior, Center, 8.6 points per game

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