Frosh Stinson Gets More Recognition

AMES, Iowa- Iowa State freshman guard Curtis Stinson has been recognized as one of the top freshman in the nation by and college basketball analyst Jay Bilas. In Bilas' Jan. 9 online article, Stinson was named to the all-freshman first team through the non-conference portion of the season.

Stinson, a native of Bronx, N.Y., is off to one of the best freshman starts in school history. He became only the sixth player in school history to score 20 or more points in a game three times in his freshman season when he tallied 20 against Mercer, 27 against San Diego State and 22 in his Big 12 debut against Missouri. His 20-point effort against Mercer was the second-best freshman debut in ISU history.

Stinson has shown his versatility and all-around court game early in his career, as he leads the team in scoring (15.5), minutes played (33.3), is tied with fellow freshman Will Blalock for the team lead in steals (1.8), and is second on the squad in rebounding (6.8), assists (4.4) and field goal percentage (51.4). Stinson leads all Big 12 freshmen in scoring, ranks fifth in the league in assists and earned Big 12 Rookie of the Week for the week of Dec. 29.'s freshmen first team includes Stinson, Kris Humphries of Minnesota, Luol Deng of Duke, Chris Paul from Wake Forest and Texas' P.J. Tucker.

Stinson Wins Second Big 12 Rookie Of The Week Honor

AMES, Iowa--Iowa State freshman Curtis Stinson claimed yet another award, earning Big 12 Rookie of the Week honors for games ending Jan. 11. It is the second Big 12 Rookie of the Week honor for Stinson and the third for a Cyclone this season. Will Blalock was Big 12 Rookie of the Week on Dec. 22.

Stinson was the difference maker for Iowa State last week, helping ISU win its first two Big 12 games. The Bronx, N.Y., guard averaged 18.5 points and made 51.8 percent of his shots during the week.

In the 70-65 win against Missouri, Stinson came up with key plays when the Cyclones needed it, helping ISU erase a seven-point deficit with 5:47 left in the game. Stinson scored 16 of his points in the second stanza, including eight points in ISU's 14-2 run in the final 5:32 of the game.

Stinson followed the Missouri game with another solid performance in the 89-74 win vs. Nebraska. He scored 15 points and dished out a game-high six assists against the Huskers. Stinson hit a 35-foot three-pointer at the first half buzzer that gave ISU a 46-35 lead at the break. He is averaging 19.5 points and is shooting 56.9 percent (41-72 FG) from the field in his last five games and leads all Big 12 freshmen in scoring at 15.5 ppg.

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