CCL Recap: Babb showing his versatility during CCL


WEST DES MOINES, Iowa. — It is hard to predict Nick Babb’s role for the 2016-17 Iowa State basketball team. He’s a versatile player that can shoot, handle the ball and defend.

He’s likely to play a lot off the basketball as a backup to Matt Thomas and Naz Mitrou-Long. The 6-foot-5-inch, redshirt sophomore could find time as a third point guard behind Monte Morris and JUCO transfer Donovan Jackson.

“Really, whatever coach asks me to do, I’ll do it,” Babb said on Wednesday at the YMCA Capital City League. “If it happens to be coming off as the third point guard, then I’ll be coming off as the third point guard and give the team whatever I can. But I just see myself coming off the ball a lot more.”

Babb has been able to show off his game during the first few nights at Valley Southwoods. He led ADIO Chiropractic to a 118-116 win over Hannah Homes on Wednesday with a 25 points, 13 rebound and 12 assist performance.

You can hear Babb talk more about what he wants to improve this summer, his role on the team and the ISU newcomers in this video by Garrett Kroeger.

Des Moines Outreach Lions Club 123, Tim Vorland Photography 116

*** Drake’s Ore Arogundade scored 32 points to lead Lions Club to the win in a game played without any Iowa State players. Jordan Johnson scored 41 points to lead Tim Vorland Photography.

Renaissance Granite & Quartz 109, Phoenix Renewable Resources 96

*** Naz Mitrou-Long scored 43 points in the loss in his first game since his record-breaking 72 point performance on Sunday. Renaissance, who was playing without Monte Morris while he attends the CP3 Elite Guard camp, was led by 22 points from Travon Mitchell. 

Darrell Bowie scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the loss.

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.