East Coast Connection

Judging by the success ISU head Coach Wayne Morgan has had with guards from the East Coast, there's no doubt why he returned there to find another Boston gem in Farnold Degand.

In fact Degand and current Cyclone Will Blalock have been battling on the court for years.


"[Will] used to be around the neighborhood," Degand said. "We grew up across town from each other so I used to see him a lot around the basketball courts."


The duo also played on the same BABC AAU team, but not at the same time as Blalock is a couple years older.


One of the top players in Massachusetts, Degand has a reputation as an excellent shooter and a ball-handle who can play either guard position.


During his senior season he averaged 17.3 points, 8 rebounds and 5.1 assists. Degand was a Boston City All-Star and a Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic team member, which rates the best 12 players in Massachusetts.


Degand is fast.


"My speed is one of my strengths because I'm not as strong as these guys," he said.


He's also young, Degand turns 18 in January.


"[I am] more mature than most 17 year olds," he said. "I've been a grade ahead all my life, so it's really not that big of a difference to me."


So far the biggest adjustment for the youngster has been the wide-open Iowa spaces.


"It's not crowded here," he said. "Usually [in Boston] there's a lot more noise, a lot more people and just a lot more things going on. Out here it's a lot more quiet."


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