Iowa State Cyclones Add Greek Big Man Georgios Tsalmpouris to Combat Cliff Alexander

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The Iowa State Cyclones are apparently not blind to the competition they will be facing in the Big 12 next season, and they have added another big man to their 2014 class as a result.

7-foot-1 center Georgios Tsalmpouris is from Greece, and he is also a lefty. He will give the Cyclones quite a nice presence with his low post defense, and at the very least he can take up a couple of fouls.

Regardless of that, he should have quite a challenge ahead of him in trying to contain five star center Myles Turner of the Texas Longhorns and Cliff Alexander of the Kansas Jayhawks.

The Cyclones have been fighting for more national attention as of late, and it should be fun to see if they can form a challenge to the Jayhawks next season. My money is still on Bill Self’s squad to win the conference though, and for Turner to make a run at conference player of the year.

The Cyclones, meanwhile, should put together a decent enough season to get to the NCAA tournament, but their Greek center might find the American basketball spoltlight to burn just a little bit brighter than it did in his home country.

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