Well, we know the impact that Iowa State and head coach Fred Hoiberg have had with transfers.
The best example may be that may just be Royce White, who was apart of the Cyclones’ program for one season before becoming a first round NBA Draft selection this past June.
Now there is another transfer headed to Ames in former USC guard Maurice Jones. Jones, who averaged 13.0 points and 3.5 assists per game a season ago for the Trojans, signed a financial aid agreement with the school on Thursday.
Just last month, Jones was ruled academically ineligible at USC and was forced away from the program. Now, he will get a fresh start once he is eligible to play for Hoiberg.
Due to the timing of Jones’ decision, he won’t be eligible to take the court for the Cyclones until after the fall semester of 2013. He will be listed as a junior once he can hit the court in mid-December of next year.
Standing at only 5-foot-7, Jones made a name for himself with his lightning quick speed and ability to score. Hoiberg will welcome in fellow transfers Korie Lucious (Michigan State) and Will Clyburn (Utah) to the fold this season.
In addition, a strong recruiting class should help fill some the additional voids lost from a Cyclones squad that qualified for their first NCAA Tournament since 2005 just last spring. A victory over UConn in the Round of 64 marked just the second NCAA Tournament victory for Iowa State since an Elite 8 run back in 2000.
Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse