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    Best Scout Team in America

    I found this in an Article written by Jeff Goodman on FoxSports.com in his article on 68 things to watch this season.


    Best scout team in America: Iowa State gets the nod over UMass. New Cyclones coach Fred Hoiberg has assembled a second unit (which canít play this season) of Royce White (Minnesota), Chris Allen (Michigan State), Anthony Booker (Southern Illinois) and Chris Babb (Penn State).


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    Re: Best Scout Team in America

    How about the snippet about Fran finishing in the cellar with Iowa.



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    Re: Best Scout Team in America

    Playing against that lineup everyday in practice may make the transition to Big 12 ball less of a shock for this year's team. That may be a benefit that most may be overlooking when looking at 2010-11 prospects for this squad.

    Hopefully Fred has the scout team sore and tired from weight lifting all season long. I hope those guys are making the very most out of their year so they come back stronger, tougher and with skills honed.


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    Re: Best Scout Team in America

    How many other schools will have the scout team thrashing the starters?


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    Re: Best Scout Team in America

    Quote Originally Posted by Al_4_State View Post
    How many other schools will have the scout team thrashing the starters?
    Not many, it's a good and bad situation. Good for the future, bad for the present year more than likely.



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    Re: Best Scout Team in America

    It's like O and D in football. Facing talented corners make a qb that much better- and when facing less talented opposition, throws aren't as hard to complete. I think that helped McCoy as their D was always top flight.



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    Re: Best Scout Team in America

    Quote Originally Posted by CyLoboClone View Post
    It's like O and D in football. Facing talented corners make a qb that much better- and when facing less talented opposition, throws aren't as hard to complete. I think that helped McCoy as their D was always top flight.
    Good point, I remember in 8th grade when the B team would always scrimmage against the A team, and the B team improved much more than the A team did, since B team was facing better competition.



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    Re: Best Scout Team in America

    Quote Originally Posted by VeloClone View Post
    Playing against that lineup everyday in practice may make the transition to Big 12 ball less of a shock for this year's team. That may be a benefit that most may be overlooking when looking at 2010-11 prospects for this squad.

    Hopefully Fred has the scout team sore and tired from weight lifting all season long. I hope those guys are making the very most out of their year so they come back stronger, tougher and with skills honed.
    It's going to be a huge benefit to the guys actually playing this year. Chris Allen is a great defender, there are going to be plenty of nights where the guards are going to have it much easier in games than they do in practice. People really underestimate how much the lack of quality depth under McDermott hurt us in practice. Going up against guys who are not anywhere near quality BCS level players does not make you better. Competing Babb, Allen and White will make the current players much better.



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    Re: Best Scout Team in America

    I've always felt depth was double advantage. Guys come off the bench that aren't that big of a step below the starters and they practice against that talent every day. Look at KU. If they start Markieff Morris, Marcus Morris, Brady Morningstar, Tyshawn Taylor and Tyrel Reed. That leaves Josh Shelby, Mario Little, Elijah Johnson, Thomas Robinson, Jeff Withey and Travis Releford. That's players with the national rankings of #1, #1 (juco) #24, #31, #36 and #70 that the starters are practicing against. It's bound to make teams better.

    ISU may not have these guys coming off the bench but it's bound to help practice a lot. Plus they play together all year. Look for ISU to be very good next year. I think the Big 12(10) will be the toughest Bball conference from top to bottom next year and there won't be a close second.



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