ISU all-time impact freshmen

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  1. cyclones500

    cyclones500 Well-Known Member

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    #1 cyclones500, Jul 11, 2013
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    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
     
  2. VeloClone

    VeloClone Well-Known Member

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    I don't think Don Smith (Zaid Abdul-Aziz) played as a freshman either.
     
  3. cyclones500

    cyclones500 Well-Known Member

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    Good point — I checked cyclones.com archives, thought I saw 4 years. I will edit. Thanks.
     
  4. theshadow

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    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.
     
  5. cyclones500

    cyclones500 Well-Known Member

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    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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    After going through other schools' media guides, there may not have been a FOY award back then. Listings are spotty, at best.
     
  7. Rural

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    It's pretty much Jeff Grayer with some other guys getting honorable mention.
     
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    I'll throw Rahshon Clark's name out there to give him due diligence.
     
  9. CyBri

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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.
     
  10. peteypie

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    You are correct, but your memory is fuzzy, we drank alot back then.
     
  11. GoCubsGo

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    Will Blaylock.
     
  12. cyclonepower

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

    CyBri Active Member

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

     
  14. allfourcy

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    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
     
  15. tigershoops31

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

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    It looks like CPR is really mad at whatever you type.
     
  17. MeanDean

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    Didn't Jeff Hornacek start when he was a Freshman? I don't remember his numbers but I remember being impressed by his abilities right away.
     
  18. jahfg

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    Shane Power played well on the 2000-2001 team that won a conference championship.
     
  19. VeloClone

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    Fizer was a 15 and 7 guy as a freshman and led the team in scoring if I remember correctly. Decent for a freshman but not what everyone was expecting out of a McD AA.
     
  20. Nuts4Cy

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    He also slept with LE wife which gives him some serious street cred
     

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