Cyclones of New and Old Play in DSM

The YMCA Capital City league has afforded many opportunities to basketball players around central Iowa, Cyclones included. One of the newest members of Wayne Morgan's program, Tasheed Carr, and Iowa State legend Jeff Grayer are among those who have been taking part in the summer league. Those two recently shared some of their experiences over the summer with

Tasheed Carr:

CN: What have you taken out of the time you've spent in West Des Moines playing in the Capital City Classic?

Carr: I've played about four or five games now, and the main thing is that it's enabled me to work on my game. I haven't had the chance to work on my game. The things I'm doing in the gym I've been able to do out here – the jump shot, my moves, and getting acquainted with my teammates. I play with John Neal and Damien Staple, so I've gotten use to them and how they play.

I've just been really working on my stuff. I want to win games and work on the parts of my game that need work, like defense and my shot. I've come out here and tried to shoot different shots and make different moves.

CN: How have you adjusted to your move to Ames?

Carr: So far so good. I've gotten the chance to spend a lot of time with guys like Curtis and Will. I've gotten acquainted with the people I'm going to be playing with. Workouts are going fine. This is what I wanted to do to get myself prepared for the season.

It's a bit of an adjustment, but when you're as focused as I am it doesn't really matter. I want to do what's best for me and put myself in the best situation possible. Right now I'm in a great situation, so there's no problem with coming up here.

CN: How have you fared for the Kin Folks Barbeque team?

Carr: I've averaged between 18 to 20 points, and we're 3-2 since I came on board.

Jeff Grayer:

CN: It has to be a special time for you playing alongside your oldest son Kevin, who will be a senior at Tallahassee Leon High School.

Grayer: To watch him develop from a young age, age 10, and see him going into his senior year now is really special. Now I've been blessed enough to get out here and participate with him. Although my body is not what it used to be, just to get out here and perform, then watch him run up and down the court is a treat.

CN: What about you individually, what are you getting out of this experience?

Grayer: Personally, it seems like I'm just getting aches and pains out of it right now, but it's just been a thrill to be out here participating with the young guys. It hasn't been for me, it's been for the young guys. But it does kind of keep you young and makes you look back on some of the good years and good times when you're competing. I always want to go in and do that.

CN: And it looks like you've kind of adopted the role of coaching this team, too. How has that felt?

Grayer: I've got to try to get the rust out of that thing, call a few timeouts, get some strategic plans going, and get the mind thinking on the coaching side.

CN: How many games have you played now in the Capital City Classic?

Grayer: I've played three games down here.

CN: Give us an update on where you are with your education and when you'll be graduating.

Grayer: I will graduate on August 2nd. It's been a busy time for me, since I've taken 42 hours over the entire year. I've taken a full load all the way through and am taking taken 15 hours this summer. I'm excited about finishing up and getting my degree.

CN: So is it still your goal to get back into coaching?

Grayer: I'm looking at some things and have some feelers out there. I want to get into coaching again and get back into the coaching groove of things. That's what I'm really focusing on."

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