Friday, May 18, 2007

Iowa State is a Damn Mess

Following last season (2005-2006), Iowa State fired coach Wayne Morgan and hired Greg McDermott. It would seem that the players were not super fired up about this, as everybody left.

The Cyclones' top two players, Will Blalock and Curtis Stinson, entered the NBA draft despite no guarentees of even being drafted. Stinson wasn't picked, Blalock was picked at the back end of round two. Top freshman Shawn Taggert transferred to Memphis, fellow freshmen Mike Evanovich (Fairfield) and Farnold Degand (NC State) also transferred, as did returning starter Tasheed Carr (St. Joseph's). Top signee Theo Davis also backed out of his commitment and enrolled in prep school rather than attend ISU.

This off-season, the Cyclones' top player, Mike Taylor, has been in trouble with the law twice, once for Criminal Mischief after tearing down an exit sign and a light, and discharging a fire extinguisher on campus. He was later in trouble again for shoplifting a box of cold medicine from a Cub Foods. Taylor was suspended indefinitely after the first offense, and could be released from the team after this second incident.

And now three more players have left the team, as guards Dodie Dunson (undecided) and Corey McIntosh (Augustana) are transferring, and forward Ross Marsden has quit the team to focus on his studies.

There is a possible light at the end of the tunnel, as McDermott has a very good recruiting class coming in this season, including four-star recruit Craig Brackins from New Hampshire, but as of now, that school is a mess.

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