Henry has high hopes for 2014-15 Cyclones

Now that Fred Hoiberg’s coaching staff is complete, we might as well get thoughts on the 2014-15 season from the new guy – Charlie Henry.

“I am excited to be down there working with special guys,” Henry told shortly after officially being named assistant coach on Monday.

The new coach couldn’t stop gushing about soon-to-be junior, Georges Niang.

“Georges Niang is a special player,” Henry said. “Most people around the country that really follow basketball understand that. He is special.”

So far this offseason, Hoiberg and fellow assistant coach Matt Abdelmassih have gone on record saying that they believe next year’s team will be deeper and overall, more talented than last season’s group that made it to the Sweet 16. Henry echoed that sentiment. 

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“We have guys who people don’t know about who are going to be really good for us,” Henry said. “We will be deeper. We will be more athletic and more talented than I think we have been.”


“We also have the challenge of replacing DeAndre (Kane) and Melvin (Ejim) who were unbelievable senior leaders for us. The optimism is high and the challenges are there. The league is I think getting back to where it was. It is going to be really strong.”

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.