Williams Blog: Hoiberg 2.0?

By Chris Williams, PublisherFollow Chris on Twitter @ChrisMWilliams  

Yeah I know…That headline is a bit much…

It’s never, ever, ever, fair to compare a junior in high school to one of, if not the most beloved student-athletes in the history of Iowa State athletics. So don’t worry Matt Thomas. The Cyclone Nation isn’t expecting that much out of you.

But there’s a little bit of truth to this whole 2.0 thing though…

“Coach Hoiberg has always told me how he sees himself in me,” Thomas told shortly after he committed to Iowa State on Thursday afternoon. “He says that when he was younger, we were very similar players.”

While I didn’t pay a whole lot of attention to Hoiberg’s Ames High School career (I was like four years old – give me a break), the above quote makes a lot of sense. Thomas’ body is similar to Hoiberg’s. Fred played the majority of his career in the NBA at around 6-foot-4 (or 6-foot-5 depending on where you look), 210-pounds. Heading into his senior season of high school ball, Thomas stands at around 6-foot-4, 185-pounds. Both men are lights out shooters who have more passion for the game than most. Both Hoiberg and Thomas led their high school programs to state championships.

“He’s (Hoiberg) played division one ball and in the NBA. He knows what it takes,” said Thomas. “That’s another reason why Iowa State is a good fit. That’s my ultimate goal, to play in the NBA. I know that Coach Hoiberg will do whatever it takes and what he can for me to get there.”

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.