I wasn't really aware of ISU BB at the time but from what I have heard, you named the problem.I liked Art Johnson because he was from Indianapolis, where I spent quite a bit of time. He was a JC transfer I think. I remember running on the upstairs State Gym track all the time and one time the team was practicing there and for whatever reason they didn't kick anyone out. The thing that stuck in my mind was that about every other sentence out of Ken Trickey's mouth was "Get the ball to Hercle!!".
Freshmen weren't eligible then but I think they still played JV because I remember Ronnie Lester playing in the JV game once in Hilton. Zabel used to get booed when he would put his black and gold WHO sign in front of his table at courtside but one time I remember he took that banner down and replaced it with a Cardinal and Gold one and got a big cheer from the crowd.Hercle would of blown up the 3pt shot if it were allowed. Not sure if freshmen were eligible back then either, but he would of set a few records.
Jim Zabel! Yes, ol Zipper mouth actually called ISU games for WHO-AM in the 1970's. I kid you not
Exactly. IIRC, Hercle was recruited to ISU by Maury John who died and was replaced by Trickey. If Hercle plays for John, he becomes a well-rounded player, possibly an All-American. Under Trickey, Hercle was a gunner with little inclination for defense.I wasn't really aware of ISU BB at the time but from what I have heard, you named the problem.