Exhibition Tour Awaits Morgan's Team

<b>AMES, Iowa-</b> The Iowa State men's basketball team will play a three-game exhibition tour, Sept. 4-6 in Monterrey, Mexico. The Cyclones will take advantage of an NCAA rule that allows collegiate teams to participate in a summer tour once every four years. Since the exhibition tour games occur after the 2004-05 school year has begun, ISU's five newcomers are able to practice and compete in the games.

"This trip will give our extremely young team an opportunity to play together and become familiar with each other," Iowa State head coach Wayne Morgan said. "We are excited not only to have the chance to play in Mexico, but also to have the chance to give these kids another opportunity to see another culture."

Iowa State returns just six scholarship players from last season's 20-13, NIT Final Four squad. ISU's three returning starters (Curtis Stinson, Jared Homan and Will Blalock) will definitely be looked upon for instant leadership along with key reserves Damion Staple, John Neal and Reggie George. Stinson, a first-team freshman All-American, is the team's top returning scorer, breaking the Big 12 rookie scoring record with a 16.2 ppg average. Homan, one of the top returning shot blockers in the nation, averaged 11.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg and 2.28 bpg in 2003-04.

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