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    Cool My first blog entry

    Crosscyed has graciously agreed to let me blog for his site. While not yet up on his site, here is my first blog. Let me know what you think of it.
    09 Iowa State reruiting
    While Iowa state has offered a multitude of 2009 recruits, the staff seems to be concentrating on a select few players that are seriously considering Iowa State, and that would fit a variety of needs on the 2010 ISU team.
    First, I'm going to examine the needs of the basketball team. There are two positions that need help the most on the ISU team, so the staff is recruiting players for those positions. Here is a detailed breakdown of ISU's recruiting needs, and who they are targeting to fill these positions.
    1. The Guard Court: This is the last year for former walk-ons and key contributors Brian Peterson and Sean Haluska. When they leave, the backcourt will be short on depth, and a scoring punch will be lacking off the bench, unless one of our current players really improves. The staff is targeting primarily one player to fill this hole. His name is Xavier Thames, a 6'5" combo guard with a great outside shot, who can also break down defenders off the dribble. Here is his website. www.xavierthames.net. The main competition for Thames services are the Cougars of Washington State, who recently put an offer on the table for the talented guard. Wazzu is perceived to have an inside track for Thames services because of a family connection; Thames father played a season for the Cougars. Iowa State is still very much in the hunt for Thames services though.
    In April, Thames made an unofficial visit to Iowa State on his own dime. He toured Iowa State's practice facilities, and met with Coach Mcdermott, who impressed him with his humor and knowledge of the game.
    ISU's odds at Thames: 1/1
    Another guard who might get a look from ISU is talented IHCC guard Dwight Buycks. While he currently has offers from schools such as Tennessee and Wisconsin, he does not yet list an Iowa State offer. I think that will change though, with the addition to the Iowa State staff of former Indian Hills player Daniyal Robinson.
    ISU's odds at Thames: 2/1.
    2 Small Forward: Wesley Johnson's departure has also affected the team's recruiting. As of right now, Lucca Staiger is the only player that has the size and shooting ability to play the three on Iowa State's roster. While guard is the first recruiting option for the staff, there are several players that they have currently offered to play the small forward position
    CJ Wilcox, Pleasant Grove Utah. "The best shooter I've seen in two years," ISU assistant coach TJ Otzelberger was quoted as saying after watching Wilcox play. A tall and gifted wing who can seemingly do it all on the court, he is a dead-eye shooter and a freaksih athlete that can jump out of the gym. His only downside is an average at best handle. ISU recently offered Wilcox a scholarship, but new competition has jumped into the race for this talented wing in the form of Florida school Miami. Check out this youtube video compiled by his father Craig, a former standout on the hardwood for BYU himself. YouTube - CJ Highlight DVD
    Givon Crump: A target of the staff since September, Crump is another tall wing who is a long-range sharpshooter. Recently ranked # 107 in the Rivals 150, Rivals analyst Jerry Meyer recently called him, "One of the top 10 shooters in his class." While Crump is lacking the athleticism and speed of Wilcox, he is still a great player that would fit ISU's needs.
    Rodney Williams Jr. The top leaper in his class with a developing jumshot, Williams is a real long shot for the ISU staff. One of the top players in his class, he is considered a strong Minnesota lean, if he improves his grades. He may go to prep school and reclassify into the class of '10 if he doesn't improve his academics.
    '10 prospect Harrison Barnes The 11th rated player and a 5 star talent, by Scout, Barnes is as much of a must get as any prospect out there.
    This is the first of what I hope is many more blog entries to come. I will be back with any up dates on these recruits that I find out. Thanks for reading,
    Cyismydog


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    Re: My first blog entry

    Looks like you could use a quick proofread, otherwise that's a pretty strong summary. Good work.



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    Re: My first blog entry

    Any other comments?



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    Re: My first blog entry

    nicely done. good read. how do you know so much about recruiting?



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    Re: My first blog entry

    good job, I admit to not following our MBB recruiting at all, so for me to understand this blog entry is a good thing.

    and are you really like 15?



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    Re: My first blog entry

    Quote Originally Posted by clone2011 View Post
    good job, I admit to not following our MBB recruiting at all, so for me to understand this blog entry is a good thing.

    and are you really like 15?
    No I'm not.....I'm 14.



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    Re: My first blog entry

    This also leads me to wonder if there's any interest in a recruiting focus on my blog.

    The tag feature on SBNation allows stories, comments, posts and fanshots to be tied together if the writer/submitter makes sure to use a tag. I could then put a link in the sidebar to recruiting targets, and whenever anyone posted something related to that recruit, it would be automatically updated under that link. Similar to when you go under the roster and click on Austen Arnaud, you can see any story that has his name tagged.



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    Re: My first blog entry

    Quote Originally Posted by cyismydog View Post
    No I'm not.....I'm 14.
    Nice to know someone is as obsessed (about Cyclone athletics) as I was 9 years ago And I seriously mean that as a compliment.



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    Re: My first blog entry

    Nice work cysmydog. Very good read.



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    Re: My first blog entry

    Good write-up. I like seeing a little summary of all the info.



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    Re: My first blog entry

    Good read. I don't follow recruiting that much, but I enjoyed it and looking at our team, I think you nailed our immediate needs pretty well. Of course, I, being one not to follow recruiting, would say something stupid, like we need 12 five star recruits.



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    Re: My first blog entry

    Good read...please keep them coming!



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    Re: My first blog entry

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    Great job Dog. I don't know whether to be more impressed with all of the information or the way it was presented. I rarely see excellent writing skills and proper English anymore.

    Keep it up!


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    I enjoyed it. Good info.


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