Staten still high on Cyclones

When former Iowa State head coach Greg McDermott left for Creighton it led to Wesley Staten choosing to de-commit from the Cyclones class of 2012 due to the uncertainty of the situation. Over the past few months, the Sioux City (IA) Bishop Heelan star has gotten to see what the program is looking like under new head coach Fred Hoiberg and he is clearly impressed by what he has seen.

"Nothing against Coach McDermott because I really like him but Coach Hoiberg's style fits me better," said Staten. "I really like how he has opened up the offense and how his team really gets up and down the court. I think it's no surprise that a player like Diante Garrett is doing so well and making things happen because the system fits him perfectly."

The 6-foot-1, 160-pound point guard currently holds offers from Iowa State and VCU and is being recruited by Wichita State, Iowa, Minnesota, UNI, Illinois, Kansas, and Florida.

Wesley says that he never soured on Iowa State when McDermott left but wanted to open things up because he didn't know what was going to happen with the program.

"I was confused because I didn't know if Coach T.J. (Otzelberger) was going to stay or go with Coach McDermott and I was surprised in a good way when I found out that he was coming back," said Staten. "I am definitely very interested in Iowa State. They were the first program to recruit me and I really love how they get up and down the court."

Wesley visited Iowa State this fall and it was during this time that he got to know Coach Hoiberg a lot better.

"We got to talk a lot and he showed me what he wants to do with the program and I also got to see the great new facility," he said.

"I trust Coach Hoiberg and I like that he was a successful player and that he has been through what I'm going through. Diante (Garrett) told me that the guys really look up to him because he really spends a lot of time with each player and he has really helped improve his game."

Staten also stays in touch with some of the other Iowa State players.

"I talk with Melvin (Ejim) and Chris (Allen) and I really think they are going to have a great team next year," he said. "When they get all the transfers like Royce White out there they are going to be unbelievable."

As for Staten, he is averaging 18.4 points per game and has led his team to a 9-2 record.

"I feel my attitude for the game has really improved," he said. "I have become a lot more patient and I really try to wait for things to open up so that I can make plays."

When might Wesley make his final decision on a school?

"It could take up to my senior season," said Staten. "There's no need to rush it and I want to take some more visits after my season is over."


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