GDSM Cyclone Club Banquet Notes

<b>Clive, IA --</b> The Greater Des Moines Cyclone Club hosted its annual banquet and dinner Monday night at the Seven Flags Events Center in Clive. Head coaches Dan McCarney, Wayne Morgan, and Bill Fennelly headlined the speaking engagement. Volleyball coach Linda Crum and women's tennis coach Michele Conlon also addressed a crowd of nearly 750 fans. Here are a few notes from Monday night's event.

Linda Crum

Her team has gone from having a 2.67 GPA to 3.2 last school year.

Really feels good about upcoming season and says this will be the best team she's fielded since taking over as head coach. Says three of her freshmen are in the top 50 nationally. The Cyclones are now building a team full of Big 12-caliber athletes.

Bill Fennelly

Master of Ceremonies John Walters threw this statistic out on Fennelly while introducing him to the crowd: ISU was 22-86 in the four years prior to Fennelly's arrival, but have posted a 192-90 mark during his tenure.

The Cyclones posted a 3.5 team GPA last season. Of the 105 courses the players were enrolled in, 101 of those were either As or Bs.

ISU ranked ninth nationally in attendance last season.

Said NIT experience was a great one for a young team that will have all but one (Erica Junod) of its players returning this season.

Wayne Morgan

ISU players Mark Boll, John Neal, Damion Staple and Jared Homan were on hand for the event.

Morgan's team played 18 postseason teams last season and posted 13 victories against teams in the NCAA or NIT Tournaments.

Jake Sullivan had three foot surgeries in the last year and the third one – taking place after the basketball season – has ended his career. The former Cyclone sharpshooter finished as the all-time Big 12 and ISU leader in free-throw percentage.

Neal has been put on scholarship after playing a big role on the team as a walk-on last season. The Winterset native also stood out in YMCA Capital City Classic games and scored 43 points for his team in Sunday's semifinals. In that game Neal knocked down nine 3-pointers.

Staple played games over the offseason with the Jamaican National team.

Aaron Agnew's high school team played for a state championship last season.

Take this for what you want, but Morgan mentioned Rahshon Clark as a key newcomer for this winter, saying the 6-foot-6, 190-pounder was the second-best athlete he recruited last summer. Morgan indicated NBA lottery pick J.R. Smith was the best he scouted.

The Cyclones will find out in two weeks if Tasheed Carr's recovery from a disclocated hip will be a ‘short-term' or ‘long-term' process. The most possible time it would take for the freshman guard to recover would be eight weeks.

Dan McCarney

ISU's head coach has hired a new defensive graduate assistant from Drake University, who will replace the departed Brian Woods.

Quarterbacks coach Todd Fitch will undergo another treatment for testicular cancer on Tuesday. McCarney said Fitch is in the final stages of treatment and feels his first-year coach will beat the disease.

Football players are undergoing testing this week and will be given a short time off before reporting for the start of training camp the second week of August.

This summer has been an exciting one because all running drills have been done in the new indoor practice facility.

More than 1,200 kids were on hand for summer camp.

Here are some names of newcomers to register in your memory bank: Terrance Highsmith, LaMarcus Hicks, Tim Dobbins, and Nick Frere.

Coaching legend Johnny Majors, a former Cyclone head man, will be back in town soon for a Gridiron Club function.


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