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    ISU all-time impact freshmen

    Niang had quite an impressive debut season, and most of us are giddy about his full-term potential.


    It got me thinking, who do you think were the highest-impact freshmen in Iowa State MBB history? Any performance beyond that season does not matter for this discussion — Also, this isn’t “first-year” (so jucos and transfers do not count. (Also, remove Georges from the equation for the moment).


    No ranking, but here are a few of mine (listed chronologically):
    * Dean Uthoff
    * Ron Harris
    * Barry Stevens
    * Jeff Grayer
    * Fred Hoiberg
    * Julius Michalik
    * Marcus Fizer
    * Jake Sullivan
    * Curtis Stinson


    I’m sure I left out a few — probably a good start, though. (Note: I think Thompson doesn’t qualify, since freshmen weren’t allowed to play varsity in that era. Correct


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    Re: ISU all-time impact freshmen

    I don't think Don Smith (Zaid Abdul-Aziz) played as a freshman either.


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    Re: ISU all-time impact freshmen

    Quote Originally Posted by VeloClone View Post
    I don't think Don Smith (Zaid Abdul-Aziz) played as a freshman either.
    Good point — I checked cyclones.com archives, thought I saw 4 years. I will edit. Thanks.



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    Re: ISU all-time impact freshmen

    Uthoff had 12 double-doubles, 9 games with 14+ rebounds, led the Big Eight in rebounding (11.3), and averaged a double-double for the entire season (11.5/11.3), yet wasn't named Big Eight FOY because the team was poor.


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    Quote Originally Posted by theshadow View Post
    Uthoff had 12 double-doubles, 9 games with 14+ rebounds, led the Big Eight in rebounding (11.3), and averaged a double-double for the entire season (11.5/11.3), yet wasn't named Big Eight FOY because the team was poor.
    With stats like that, it seems unthinkable — who did get FOY that season? Would it have been someone from KU or Missouri? Possibly KSU?



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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclones500 View Post
    With stats like that, it seems unthinkable — who did get FOY that season? Would it have been someone from KU or Missouri? Possibly KSU?
    After going through other schools' media guides, there may not have been a FOY award back then. Listings are spotty, at best.



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    Re: ISU all-time impact freshmen

    It's pretty much Jeff Grayer with some other guys getting honorable mention.



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    Re: ISU all-time impact freshmen

    I'll throw Rahshon Clark's name out there to give him due diligence.



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    I remember not being impressed with Fizer his first year. Took him a year to get going. My memory could be fuzzy though.



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    Re: ISU all-time impact freshmen

    Quote Originally Posted by CyBri View Post
    I remember not being impressed with Fizer his first year. Took him a year to get going. My memory could be fuzzy though.
    You are correct, but your memory is fuzzy, we drank alot back then.


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    Re: ISU all-time impact freshmen

    Will Blaylock.



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    Re: ISU all-time impact freshmen

    Stinson was great as a freshman, isnt he the all-time freshman scoring leader



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    I thought so but all those any coin any drink nights really affected my memory.

    Quote Originally Posted by peteypie View Post
    You are correct, but your memory is fuzzy, we drank alot back then.



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    Re: ISU all-time impact freshmen

    Just seeing the mention of Dean Uthoff brings back my disappointment again that Uthoff didn't transfer here. I know, its time to get over it. I just wish that dude (what was his thread name anyway?) that came on here several times saying he was coming here would take me out for a payback lunch or something after getting my hopes up for nothing. lol



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    Re: ISU all-time impact freshmen

    Though I hate him today, Adam Haluska had a pretty big impact as a freshman also...



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