Iowa State announces MBB newcomer jersey numbers

Feb 25, 2020; Ames, Iowa, USA; Iowa State Cyclones forward Michael Jacobson (12) and Iowa State Cyclones guard Caleb Grill (2) celebrate a much-needed win against the TCU Horned Frogs at Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones beat the Horned Frogs 65 to 59. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

As of Monday morning, we officially know what numbers the newest batch of Cyclone men’s basketball players will be wearing this season. Here’s the list, along with some historical context of each number selected.

Jan 23, 2021; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions guard Izaiah Brockington (12) drives the ball to the basket during the second half against the Northwestern Wildcats at Bryce Jordan Center. Penn State defeated Northwestern 81-78. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

No. 1 – Izaiah Brockington

During his two previous collegiate stops at St. Bonaventure and Penn State, Brockington wore No. 21 and No. 12, respectively. He’s switched it up upon arriving in Ames and will be the first Cyclone since Nick Weiler-Babb from 2017-19 to rep No. 1. Other notable Cyclones who have worn No. 1 include Jameel McKay and Curtis Stinson.

No. 2 – Caleb Grill

The UNLV transfer is the first Cyclone to wear No. 2 since… Caleb Grill. Yeah, the Maize, Kan. native will just get his old jersey back for the second-time around in Ames. He wore No. 3 during his one season in Vegas and shot better than 34 percent from 3-point range. Hopefully that translates rather than the 25 percent he shot wearing No. 2 in 2019-20. Other notable Cyclones to wear No. 2 are Cam Lard, Abdel Nader and Chris Babb.

Feb 28, 2019; Stanford, CA, USA; Washington State Cougars forward Aljaz Kunc (4) dribbles the ball against the Stanford Cardinal during the second half at Maples Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

No. 5 – Aljaz Kunc

One of the first single-digit numbers worn by multiple of the program’s all-time greats. Marcus Fizer is probably the Cyclone most synonymous with the No. 5, but Lafester Rhodes wore it pretty dang well, too, from 1985-88. Lindell Wigginton wore it most recently in 2018-19. Kunc previously wore No. 4 during his three-year stint at Washington State.

Racine St. Catherine’s bench watches on as Tyrese Hunter launches a three-pointer against Martin Luther during a game on December 11, 2020. Rs5a8057

No. 11 – Tyrese Hunter

Part of me wonders how much longer this number will even be in the rotation before it is prepared for a lifetime spent in the rafters at Hilton Coliseum. Hopefully, Hunter, a four-star recruit from Wisconsin, can follow in the line of great point guards to wear the number, with Jamal Tinsley and Monte Morris being the first two. Talen Horton-Tucker wore No. 11 during his one season at Iowa State. Still, it will forever be most affiliated with Morris, especially once the program’s all-time leader in assists and steals is honored above the Hilton Coliseum playing surface.

SIOUX FALLS, SD – MARCH 7: Robert Jones #21 of the Denver Pioneers tries to go up for a shot against Rocky Kreuser #34 of the North Dakota State Bison at the 2020 Summit League Basketball Championship in Sioux Falls, SD. (Photo by Richard Carlson/Inertia) Summit League Basketball Tournament

No. 12 – Robert Jones

Jones just flips his number from No. 21 at Denver the last two seasons to No. 12 during his second collegiate stop. Michael Jacobson was the last Cyclone to wear the number from 2018-20.

Jan 23, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Gophers guard Gabe Kalscheur (22) looks to passes the ball during the second half against the Maryland Terrapins at Williams Arena. Mandatory Credit: Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports

No. 22 – Gabe Kalscheur

Kalscheur keeps the number he wore during his three seasons as a starter at Minnesota. He’s the first Cyclone to wear it since former NBA lottery pick Tyrese Haliburton did so from 2018-20. Dustin Hogue, Dedric Willoughby and Hercle Ivy are a few of the other notable Cyclones to rep the No. 22.

Jan 2, 2021; Lawrence, Kansas, USA; Kansas Jayhawks guard Tristan Enaruna (13) drives against Texas Longhorns guard Andrew Jones (1) during the first half at Allen Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

No. 23 – Tristan Enaruna

You’d think arguably the most famous number in the sport’s history would draw more attention, but Stevie Johnson and Jamie Vanderbeken are probably the two most noteworthy Cyclones to wear No. 23. Nate Schuster wore the number this past season while Zoran Talley wore it from 2017-19.

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.