Who will we miss most from the contribuitng seniors of 2012/2013?

Discussion in 'Mens Basketball' started by Cyientist, Sep 10, 2013.


Who will we miss most from last year's contributing seniors?

  1. Chris Babb

    72 vote(s)
  2. Tyrus McGee

    33 vote(s)
  3. Will Clyburn

    14 vote(s)
  4. Korie Lucious

    9 vote(s)
  1. Cyientist

    Cyientist Member

    Aug 18, 2013
    This is probably similar to trying to figure out who our MVP was, but I wanted to see what everyone thought. I apologize if this has been posted already, if so just ignore. This group of seniors was easily my favorite group in the past decade (could be the understatement of the year).

    Chris Babb – Obviously our defensive specialist, but really grew into a nice 3 pt. option. He drove me nuts when he shot 3’s in his Jr. season, but loved to watch him launch it in his senior year. I always felt like he was going to hit a big 3 for us down the stretch. His feed me attitude was awesome, and really got Hilton going. I would have hated it had he been playing for the other team, but since he was for the good guys it worked.

    Tyrus McGee – 46.4% not sure I need to say more but I will. He did more than hit big 3’s, it always seemed like he would come up with a big steal, blocked shot, or a hustle play to change the momentum in a game. His hitting jump shots from inside the arc at Baylor this year really put us over the top to get the quality road win we needed. Also loved the mentality when CFH left him out there too long during garbage minutes in the TCU blow out, and he buries two 3’s early in the shot clock. Averaging 3 RPG during conference play isn’t bad for a subbing guard either.

    Will Clyburn – Early on it didn’t’ seem like the effort was always there, but he increased his scoring and rebounding during conference play. Lead the team in scoring and second in rebounding. He was the quietest 15 ppg scorer I can remember. Even over Niang, I think he was our biggest source of CFH mismatches during the season. Felt like he was always good for a 6 – 8 point run every game.

    Korie Lucious – Struggled early but finished the regular season strong. Nearly 6 APG. He was unbelievable at setting guys up, and just had the “it†factor that some PG’s have for passing. Looking at the Morris highlights, looks like Man-Man may have the same factor. Wish Lucious wouldn’t have struggled with turnovers in post season play, but he must have been hurt.

    Anthony Booker – Not really on the same level as the other 4, but Booker made some nice contributions late in the year. He had an unbelievable first half of the Kansas home game last year, and kept us in position for the refs to steal it from us.

    That was longer than I intended, but thought those guys deserved one last tribute before the new season begins shortly!
  2. Rabbuk

    Rabbuk Well-Known Member

    Mar 1, 2011
    Lucious imo.
  3. I think we are gonna miss Babb's D, and the ladies are gonna miss him on Welch.
  4. CyArob

    CyArob Well-Known Member

    Apr 22, 2011
    Nuclear Fusion
    I'll miss Booker the most. From a production standpoint, Babb.
  5. Cyientist

    Cyientist Member

    Aug 18, 2013
    I'm going Clyburn. Unless Niang really increases his rebounding I think we could struggle if we go small. IMO Will made that a viable option last year.
  6. CarlHungus

    CarlHungus Well-Known Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    All will be missed, but Babb is the biggest loss. Good shooter, great defender
  7. BallSoHard4Cy

    BallSoHard4Cy Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2012
    Des Moines
    We were already going to miss Babb's defense, but with the loss of Bubu we will miss it even more.

    We will miss all of them, but we replace/reload with Thomas, Dorsey-Walker, Kane, Bluford, Edozie, Morris.

    The problems will not be on offense.
  8. Agclone91

    Agclone91 Well-Known Member

    Feb 5, 2011
    Just out of curiosity, why?

    As soon as I read this, my first two thoughts were Babb and Clyburn. I honestly think Babb though. We know that Fred's teams will not have a problem scoring, but Babb brought another level of defensive intensity that is hard to come by.
  9. ISUKyro

    ISUKyro Well-Known Member

    Oct 28, 2006
    Houston, TX
    Babb did some serious work every game. I think his D and his ability to hit clutch 3s will be a big miss for the team.
    Korie may have had a few games were he had some frustration but look at the points the we scored last year - that was mostly him at the point.

    So I have a tie for those two.
  10. cmjh10

    cmjh10 Well-Known Member

    Dec 5, 2012
    Iowa Falls

    Lock down defender and always seemed to come through in the clutch.
  11. mjhavlo76

    mjhavlo76 Active Member

    Jun 23, 2009
    Chris Babb without question!
  12. CascadeClone

    CascadeClone Well-Known Member

    Oct 24, 2009
    BABB for all the reasons discussed, but also leadership. He was the guy the other looked up to I thought. And in interviews, he sounded like a coach. Maturity.
  13. Luth4Cy

    Luth4Cy Well-Known Member

    Sep 19, 2012
    Ames, IA
    I put Babb because of his lock down defense. I think we'll be able to collectively replace the rest of the team. Kane has a shot to be as good a lock down defender as Babb, IMO.
  14. Cyclonepride

    Cyclonepride Thought Police
    Staff Member

    Babb, without question. Very, very important on both ends of the floor.
  15. Doc

    Doc Well-Known Member

    Aug 6, 2006
    Denver, CO
    Clyburn. Very tough question, though. Clyburn finished so many important games playing the 4 position...I think ISU will really miss that. Ejim and Niang are great, but it's really gonna hurt when ISU can't move Clyburn to the 4 when they're in foul trouble. Hogue and Gibson aren't exactly reassuring. I think ISU has guards that will straight up ball under pressure so they won't miss Babb as much.

    Babb was a good defender, but the defense was already bad WITH Babb last year (although it could easily get worse this year)
  16. ISpyCy

    ISpyCy Well-Known Member

    Sep 17, 2011
    Harlan, IA/Lincoln, NE
    I won't miss Babb simply for being a great shooter or a great defender or a great whatever...I'll just miss him simply because he was fun to watch. We knew he was loving his time here, he knew he was loving his time here, what wasn't to like about him?

    .....and then there was this. Probably my favorite Babb moment.

  17. Doc

    Doc Well-Known Member

    Aug 6, 2006
    Denver, CO
    #17 Doc, Sep 10, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2013
    You all are picking the defense-oriented player on a team that was probably the best offensive team in all of CBB at the end of the year last year. I can't argue that because I can't win (because it's really difficult to argue missing a good offensive player on a bad offense and vice versa) , but don't think it's right.
  18. MrApathy

    MrApathy Member

    Aug 7, 2006
    poke badgers with spoons
    Babb's defense was great but I will miss Tyrus McGee for 3!
  19. Cyientist

    Cyientist Member

    Aug 18, 2013
    Doc, I think I'm in agreement with you. Babb may have been my favorite player, but I'm not sure we could have given up too many more points per game last year than what we did. He was a lock down defender, but it wasn't like the teams 2nd and 3rd options wouldn't step up. I am really nervous about all the rebounds that our guards accounted for last year, and the flexibility Clyburn provided us.
  20. cyclones500

    cyclones500 Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 2010
    Clyburn ... who already seems destined to turn up on "Most underrated ISU players" lists somewhere down the line. Perhaps by February. His stats don't look good, but he possessed a type of utility that isn't easy to replace in the short-term.

    Babb is a close second because of his defensive niche, and McGee isn't far behind for the shooting aspect.

    If ISU had a departing player named Tyrus McBabb that combined those two, he'd win the poll.

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