Just Like Old Times

If Percy Gibson is indeed on his way to regaining his freshman shooting touch, the Cyclones will have a reliable low-post scorer

He only took 90 shots, but Percy Gibson finished his freshman season leading the Cyclones in field goal percentage.

Gibson regressed majorly as a sophomore. Just check out the heat charts, data constructed via Hoop-Math.com. The greener, the worse. Gibson's freshman season is on the top, his sophomore season on the bottom.

In nearly a 20-minute press conference with the local media to tip off the season in early October, Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg made nary a mention of Gibson. Wasn't asked about him. Didn't bring him up, not even when he went down the roster and offered glowing updates on just about everybody.

So yeah, you can say expectations for Gibson were low this season, especially as he dealt with a concussion in preseason camp. But with Melvin Ejim's injury, frontcourt minutes opened up. Gibson impressed in the exhibition against Augustana. He played with confidence, putting up three shots in 10 minutes of first half action.

Gibson finished the win with six points on 3-for-5 shooting, with three rebounds and a block in 17 minutes. He showed soft touch in the post, kissing shots off the glass, suggesting perhaps he's on the way back to his freshman form.

"Replacing [Ejim], it'll have to be by committee," Hoiberg said. "Percy Gibson was very active, he's getting in better shape. Now that he's getting some more work [in] he can get up and down the floor."

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