Cyclone Roundup: Finney-Smith visiting Memphis

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By Chris Williams, PublisherFollow Chris on Twitter @ChrisMWilliams  

Your Cyclone roundup for Tuesday, June 12….

HOOPS RECRUITING: After spending this past weekend in Ames, Virginia Tech transfer Dorian Finney-Smith will officially visit Memphis today. That’s according to a local Memphis newspaper at least.

This news comes as a mild surprise to me. I had always heard Memphis’ name surface regarding Finney-Smith’s recruitment but Iowa State, Florida and Louisville always appeared to be the major players. As is always the case in hoops recruiting, stay tuned.

This is old news by now but in case you missed it, 2013 Wisconsin prospect Matt Thomas has officially narrowed his list down to Iowa State and Virginia. 

ROYCE WHITE: The 2012 NBA Draft is only a few weeks away and while it’s difficult to tell exactly where Iowa State’s Royce White will be selected, it’s pretty safe to say that he hasn’t hurt himself over the last week and a half at the combine and during the interview process.

News broke yesterday that White will workout for the Minnesota Timberwolves later today. 

— My friend Travis Hines from the Marshalltown Times-Republican has been keeping an ongoing Royce White draft stock blog. CLICK HERE to check it out. It’s packed full of links regarding White and the draft process.


The Iowa State athletic department is in the process of posing an "Inside Iowa State Basketball" series. Here’s part one.

Jamie Pollard welcomes West Virginia to the Big 12. 

NEWSFLASH:  There will always be debate in the sport of college football writes Blair Kerkhoff. Kansas City Star

Bob Stoops hates Twitter. — The Oklahoman 

—  Now that they’ve joined the Big 12, TCU can’t play the underdog role anymore writes Mac Engel. — Fort Worth Star-Telegram 

A look at Barry Sanders’ magical 1988 season. Note that current Iowa State running backs coach Kenith Pope was on the Oklahoma State coaching staff at that time. —


Chris Williams


Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He is Iowa State football's postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network and can be heard daily from 4-7 on Des Moines' top-rated sports station, 1460 KXnO. Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old ( He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, and is the former sports director at KMA Radio. When Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley, daughter Camryn, and Golden Retriever Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.