Hoiberg gets his guy, McGee commits

By Chris Williams, Publisher

Iowa State just nailed down their point guard of the future.

Tyrus McGee verbally committed to head coach Fred Hoiberg on Tuesday afternoon. McGee, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound combo-guard out of Arkansas City (Kan.) Cowley County Community College chose Iowa State for various reasons but one gave the Cyclone program an edge from day one. That was McGee’s relationship with Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg.

“I felt that I would be comfortable with him and being a Cyclone,” McGee told “He is the man up there at Iowa State. He was a guard himself. He went through the same things that I go through. He told me that I can be a good player and have success.”

Hoiberg’s recruiting of McGee especially impressed Cowley head coach, Tommy DeSalme.

“I enjoyed getting to know him. He did a wonderful job recruiting Tyrus,” DeSalme said. “Tyrus is from a really small town and there are qualities that come from people in small towns that get lost with big city folks. Loyalty and trust and developing relationships is a big thing for Tyrus. Coach Hoiberg did a fantastic job of developing that.”

McGee made an official visit to Iowa State in early September where he got to know many of his future teammates.

“It was great team chemistry. It wasn’t quiet or anything. I like the style of play. They run and gun, just like the way I like to play basketball,” McGee said. “I am ready. They are players. They are hooplers, that’s what we call them. They will make me better and I’ll make them better too.”

McGee also took official visits to Wichita State and Creighton. In addition to that, he held scholarship offers from Colorado and TCU.

Check out later on tonight for more on this story.

Chris Williams


Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He is Iowa State football's postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network and can be heard daily from 4-7 on Des Moines' top-rated sports station, 1460 KXnO. Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old ( He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, and is the former sports director at KMA Radio. When Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley, daughter Camryn, and Golden Retriever Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.