Hoiberg’s Cyclones tabbed No. 14 in first AP poll of season

 Early this month on media day, ISU’s players set their final destination for the 2014-15 season as Indianapolis. As in the Final Four.

 "Of course that’s fair," star forward Georges Niang said confidently that day.

 Seems No. 14 is a good perch from which to start that climb.

 The Associated Press revealed its first top 25 preseason poll of the preseason and that’s where the talented Fred Hoiberg-coached Cyclones check in. 

 It’s ISU’s highest preseason ranking since the 1996-97 season.

 The Cyclones are among four ranked Big 12 teams. Kansas is No. 5, Texas is No. 10 and Oklahoma is slotted 19th. Kentucky is ranked No. 1, garnering 52 of 65 possible first-place votes. 



Rob Gray


Rob, an Ames native, joined Cyclone Fanatic in August, 2014 after nearly a decade and a half of working at Iowa's two largest newspapers. He spent 10 years at the Des Moines Register and, after a brief stint in public relations, joined the Cedar Rapids Gazette as an Iowa State correspondent three years ago. Rob specializes in feature stories for CF.