Matt Thomas meets The Mayor

By Chris Williams, Publisher

Iowa State has been recruiting Onalaska, Wis. guard Matt Thomas for some time now. But up until last Wednesday (on an unofficial visit), one pretty major thing had been lacking.

Thomas, a 6-foot-1, 165-pound shooting guard, had never met Fred Hoiberg. It turns out, the two have quite a bit in common.

“He was a nice guy. It is cool that he played in the NBA,” Thomas said. “He can really relate to me. We’re the same type of player. We’re shooters. I really think that he can help me in that way.”

Like Hoiberg did back in the day, Thomas can sling it. As a sophomore at Onalaska, Thomas shot 41.4 percent from 3-point range. He averaged 16.4 points per game for a 23-3 basketball team. All Thomas had to see was a little bit of film of how Hoiberg used Scott Christopherson last season to get excited about potentially becoming a member of Iowa State’s 2013 recruiting class.

“He (Hoiberg) talked to me about how he has Scott coming off of screens and stuff like that,” Thomas said. “I’d have the freedom to shoot there.”

“He has so many connections. He knows all of those GM’s and a guy who runs a camp in Europe. That’s really cool.”

Along with Iowa State, Thomas claims offers from Creighton, Northern Iowa and Wisconsin-Green Bay.

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.