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    Flashback - Was Fred a Lock To Come To ISU?

    Anybody remember the Hoiberg recruiting battle? Was he Iowa State's to lose?

    I seem to remember Lute from Arizona coming after Freddy really hard; I know he wanted him bad, but did Johnny have Fred locked?

    I'm sure he had multiple offers; did he take a lot of visits?


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    Re: Flashback - Was Fred a Lock To Come To ISU?

    Don't forget football offers (including Nebraska)



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    Re: Flashback - Was Fred a Lock To Come To ISU?

    I cannot say what was going on inside the Hoiberg household or Fred's head, but it wasn't commonly thought of as a lock. There were a lot in Lincoln that thought he would go there whether he decided to play football or basketball. Whether or not there was any chance of Fred picking kNU for Basketball might be questionable.


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    Re: Flashback - Was Fred a Lock To Come To ISU?

    I think in the end Iowa State was in his blood. He was ball boy for Iowa State growing up, I believe.



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    Re: Flashback - Was Fred a Lock To Come To ISU?

    There was a petition that helped!




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    Re:Flashback - Was Fred a Lock To Come To ISU?

    Lute wanted him bad at Arizona. I heard at the time Fred's mom was in favor of him getting out of the local spotlight and play without that pressure, but I have no documentation to support that



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    Re: Flashback - Was Fred a Lock To Come To ISU?

    I think Arizona, Stanford, and ISU were his final three. I have heard him say that he had the 'Zona L.O.I. on his kitchen table ready to sign, but at the end he thought of all the people who supported him in Ames growing up and decided to stay.



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    Re: Flashback - Was Fred a Lock To Come To ISU?

    Quote Originally Posted by 83Clone View Post
    Lute wanted him bad at Arizona. I heard at the time Fred's mom was in favor of him getting out of the local spotlight and play without that pressure, but I have no documentation to support that
    I remember that too. I seem to remember it was a real nail-biter with Arizona, and down to the last day or so when he declared.


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    Re: Flashback - Was Fred a Lock To Come To ISU?

    Didn't he hold a press conference and invite all of Ames and ISU to come watch? And then go elsewhere?

    Oh wait, I'm confused



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    Re: Flashback - Was Fred a Lock To Come To ISU?

    His parents wanted him to go to Stanford because of the academics.

    He chose Iowa State because his girlfriend, now wife, was attending Iowa State.


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    Re: Flashback - Was Fred a Lock To Come To ISU?

    We're just lucky Dwyane Wade didn't talk him into taking his talents to South Beach.


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    Re: Flashback - Was Fred a Lock To Come To ISU?

    Think about how different our team would be right now if he didn't come to school here.



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    Re: Flashback - Was Fred a Lock To Come To ISU?

    I'm guessing that Beechum and Meyer were putting pressure on via texting and tweeting to join them at ISU



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    Re: Flashback - Was Fred a Lock To Come To ISU?

    Quote Originally Posted by redrocket22 View Post
    I'm guessing that Beechum and Meyer were putting pressure on via texting and tweeting to join them at ISU
    An interesting article from back in the day:

    The Daily Reporter - Google News Archive Search

    And, by the way, this is what my sig is about.


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    Re: Flashback - Was Fred a Lock To Come To ISU?

    If I remember the legend correctly, Orr sealed the deal with Hoiberg when he traveled through a blizzard, up hill both ways, on old wooden snow shoes, with no walking stick, to go see a HS game, a trip even Hoiberg's parents opted to avoid.



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