The Iowa State Cyclones lost in the Round of 32 of the 2013 NCAA Tournament but won during the Sweet Sixteen without even playing a game.
Iowa State locked up one of the best young coaches when 40-year-old native son Fred Hoiberg put pen to paper on a 10-year $20-million contract Thursday night. In just his third season, Hoiberg led the Cyclones to back-to-back 23-win seasons, both resulting in bids into the NCAA Tournament.
Hoiberg also coached NBA Draftee Royce White and currently coaches promising young big man Georges Niang.
ISU is one of the teams benefiting the most from the Big 12 Conference‘s recent realignment and now, the Cyclones will benefit even more from having one of the most popular players in their history as coach for the next decade.
The Cyclones finished this past season fourth in the nation with 79.6 points per-game and five Cyclones averaged double-figures in scoring. making it no secret that ISU could hang with the big boys in the tournament. Hoiberg’s boys also ranked in the country’s top 25 in rebounding (38.7 per-game) and assists (16 per-game).
An even stronger example of Hoiberg’s embarrassment of riches, the Cyclones have commitments for next season from shooting guard Matt Thomas and point guard Monte Morris, the No.12 and No.30 high school prospects at each position, respectively.
Hoiberg has players, prospects, his school’s commitment and now, even more of its money. I’d say things are pretty nice in the life of the Mayor these days.
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