The 2005-06 Cyclones, Part II

Excitement is already building for next basketball season after ISU finalized a 7-man recruiting class that ranks among the 25-best in the country. If you can't wait for next winter, take a look at our sneak peek of what the frontcourt rotation could look like when the 2005-06 season begins.

Small Forward

Starter: Anthony Davis, Sr.

Development was severely stunted by a lingering shoulder injury…missed the early portion of the schedule, debuting in loss at Northern Iowa…later had his season ended on January 26th with shoulder surgery…averaged 4.6 points and 1.8 rebounds per game when he did play…shot 40% from three-point range, so having him back in the lineup would improve ISU's worst in the Big 12 perimeter shooting…had career high 11 points in loss at Xavier, a bright spot in an otherwise bleak loss…was emerging as a key contributor off the bench before ending his season prematurely…maintained a vocal role on the bench throughout the season while recovering from surgery…expect him to be a senior leader and key "x-factor" for ISU this season.

Reserve: Mike Evanovich, Fr.

An outstanding shooter who will be a role player for a team in dire need of improved three-point potency…played on one of the best prep school teams in the nation in South Kent (Conn.)...averaged 9.8 points and 3.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game as a senior...his South Kent team was 32-9 and lost in the championship game of the New England Class "A" Finals...six of the teams in South Kent's prep league were ranked in the nation's top-10 according to Scout.com...made the all-star game at the Eastern Invitational Camp in July of 2004...averaged 15.1 points and 5.6 rebounds in his final year at E.O. Smith High School in Storrs. Connecticut...earned Hartford Courant honorable mention all-state honors in 2004.

Power Forward

Starter: Rahshon Clark, So.

The first, big-name recruit signed by Head Coach Wayne Morgan proved that his reputation for athleticism and rim-rattling dunks was well-earned…his dunk versus Virginia was the ESPN SportsCenter "Play of the Day"…started 15 of ISU's 16 conference games…averaged 7.3 points and 4.1 rebounds for the season, but averaged 11.8 points per game and shot 61.3% from the field during the postseason…led ISU in field goal percentage at 54%…also shot a solid 40.4% from three-point range, displaying a well-rounded, inside-out game…was 10th in the Big 12 in steals…his 21 blocked shots were the fourth-most ever for an ISU freshman…was the point man on ISU's extended defenses, and finished with 51 steals, the fourth-most ever for an ISU freshman…if he continues to develop his 6-6 frame physically, he could become one of the most difficult matchups in the Big 12 with his quickness, leaping ability, and outside shooting touch.

Reserve: Shawn Taggert, Fr.

One of the top big men in the class of 2005, Taggart can block shots, rebound and score in a variety ways around the basket...well known for his strong defensive skills...ranked as a four-star prospect by Scout.com...ranked as the 24th-best prep player in HoopScoop's ratings...rated No. 72 by Sporting News and No. 85 by Basketball News...Lindy's rates him as the 94th-best player in the nation...averaged 20.2 points, 10.3 rebounds and four blocks as a senior, helping Mt. Zion to a prep school national championship...Taggart and Brandon Rush formed one of the best two-man games in prep school in 2005...former prep school teammate of Tasheed Carr…averaged 10.2 ppg, 9.0 rpg and 2.2 bpg as a junior, helping Mt. Zion to a 30-1 mark...was one of the best players at the ABCD Camp in the summer of 2004... chose ISU over Memphis, Virginia Tech, Florida State and St. John's…a little on the slender side, but with more bulk he is considered a future NBA prospect.

Reserve: Ross Marsden, Fr.

A post player who runs the court extremely well...has good hands and a soft touch...named 2005 Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year....Des Moines Register First-Team Class 4-A selection...all-CIML Elite pick...averaged 13.5 points and 8.6 rebounds as a senior...averaged two blocks and shot 62.1 percent from the field...team finished 18-4 and shared the CIML Iowa Conference title...averaged 11.9 ppg and 5.8 rpg as a junior...shot 62.8 percent from the field and 77.0 percent from the free-throw line...was named as one of the top 50 players at the 2004 Nike All-American Camp...was a high honorable mention All-American by Street & Smith's...ranked No. 200 in HoopScoop's Class of 2005 high school seniors and 251 by Athlon...his AAU team (Martin Brothers) advanced to the Finals of the AAU Showcase in Orlando, Florida...chose Iowa State over Wisconsin, Nebraska, Creighton and Indiana State...another likely candidate to redshirt this season.

Center

Starter: Theo Davis, Fr.

One of the best post players in the class of 2005...an athletic force who can block shots and score in the post and on the perimeter...ranked as the 22nd-best prospect in the nation by HoopScoop...rated No. 55 nationally by Scout.com...did not play his senior season at Cardozo High School in Bayside, New York...Scout.com ranks him as the seventh-best center prospect in the class of 2005...was one of the top-35 players at the 2003 ABCD Camp...ranked as the seventh-best center at the camp...averaged 17.2 points, 15.3 rebounds and 7.7 blocks as a junior...posted
nine triple-doubles during the season...also had a 31-point, 14-board and 12-block game during the season...averaged 18.1 points, 13.2 rebounds and 7.1 blocks as a sophomore at Father Henry Carr in Toronto, Ontario...posted a triple-double in a Canadian All-Star Game on April 30th…was recruited by Texas, Florida State,
UCLA, Syracuse, Cincinnati, Arizona, Oklahoma, Illinois, North Carolina, Arkansas, Tennessee and Georgia Tech...shocked most of the national recruiting gurus by choosing the Cyclones…originally committed to Texas.

Reserve: Jessan Gray, Jr.

Known as a versatile player who can post up and play on the perimeter...played one year at Tyler Junior College after transferring from Indiana...averaged 10.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and shot 48.8 percent from the field as a sophomore...ranked 28th in Region XIV in scoring and eighth in three-point field goal percentage...scored a career-high 26 points in Tyler's win over Kilgore College...had 18 points in a win over Blinn Junior College...was rated as the sixth-best power forward in the nation by Lindy's at the beginning of the season...chose Iowa State over Tennessee and DePaul...at Indiana he appeared in seven games in his only season with the Hoosiers (2003-04), scoring four points...in high school he earned all-conference honors after averaging 10.1 points and 6.3 rebounds as a senior at Davenport Central...played for the Martin Brothers AAU team…contrary to conventional wisdom, he wasn't a late recruiting name for the Cyclones, who were keeping tabs on him throughout the fall.

Reserve: Jiri Hubalek, So.

Redshirted his first season and competed just one year at Marshalltown Community College...a good shooter from the outside and can score in the low post...earned first-team all-Region XI honors, one of three freshmen on the first team...averaged 12.4 points and 8.6 rebounds...was second in the ICCAC in rebounds and fourth in blocked shots with 31...team finished 25-9...shot 61.4 percent from the field...led the ICCAC in player efficiency rating at 20.906...scored 21 points against Iowa Western in the Region IX championship game...was named MVP at the 2002 European Holland Nordic Basketball Tournament…has three years of eligibility remaining at ISU…don't overlook him when discussing ISU's need to improve its shooting for next season, which was the top recruiting priority for the coaches this spring signing period.


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