Recently a post from a certain Omaha school's message board was brought to my attention. It detailed the many reasons why a potential basketball recruit should be a member of their program. It was a well-reasoned post and made for a clever argument. But, that got me thinking. Why should a recruit attend Iowa State University?
spending some time pondering the subject, it became very evident: There are very
few schools that can rival what Iowa State has to offer. Here are ten reasons I
would give to a potential recruit on why Iowa State is the perfect destination to play
the game they love at the next level.
new athletic administration under Jamie Pollard has made it clear: Iowa State can and will remain a national
factor in the college basketball world. They won't settle for anything else. It
started with the hiring of Greg McDermott and continues with the many plans to
revamp and modernize the facilities to rival that of any program in the country.
The working plans include a brand new state-of-the-art practice facility, a
renovated Hilton Coliseum—complete with an NBA-esque scoreboard, electronic
ring, sound system and other awe-inspiring amenities, and a student academic
success center that will aid in paving the path to life after basketball. The
ISU administration isn't taking any shortcuts when it comes to the basketball
program and will do everything in their power to keep ISU ahead of the
one other Big 12 school has produced more NBA talent than Iowa State in the past ten years. Iowa State has been the foundation for a career
in the league for everyone from guards to big men. In fact, Iowa State has had a future NBA player on its
roster for each of the last 25 years. If the NBA is your ultimate destination,
being a Cyclone only helps the cause.
only can Iowa
State provide a path to a
life in professional basketball, it can pave the way for a life after athletics.
State University is heralded as one of the most
prestigious public institutions in the nation. The science and engineering
programs are consistently among the top ranked in the country, but the options
don't end there. Iowa State has one of the most comprehensive
lists of programs available to fit any of your professional needs. If you dream
State has a program to make
it come true. The academic advisors and Academic Success Center will make sure you receive any and
all the help you need to provide the building blocks for a prosperous life. A
degree from Iowa
State is a key to success
for the rest of life.
All in the Family
Iowa may not have the bright lights of the big
city, or the entertainment options of a bursting metropolis, but it has a
quality that is almost impossible to find in a town with a school the size of
State: It feels like home.
Iowa State students account for almost 40 percent of the
population of Ames. The city revolves around the school. This
means an environment that focuses on making students feel like they are at home,
even if they are thousand of miles away. The people are friendly and the food is
is also one of the safest college towns in the states. But, with that said, when
40 percent of the town is college-aged kids, it isn't difficult to find places
to be entertained. "Campustown" has clubs, bars, restaurants, shops, and
anything else you'd find in a "big-time" city. Don't be deceived by the boring
State students know how to
have a good time.
the area has no professional teams, Iowa State athletics are the biggest thing in
town. As a member of the Cyclone basketball team, you immediately become a bit
of a celebrity. The media treat the Cyclones like a professional team. Kids
treat you like idols. And Cyclone fans are renowned for their respect and
support of the Cyclone players. Expect to get interviewed by the dozen or so
media outlets, sign an autograph every once in a while for a young Cyclone fan
or to give a high-five to a pumped college co-ed on campus. But at the same
time, the Cyclone community respects your college life and let's you be
yourself. In the end, the Cyclone Nation is just happy to be able to watch
high-caliber athletes succeed and bring pride to Iowa State.
Winning is a Tradition
basketball has been to the top of the basketball world and will return. They
have reached the NCAA tournament eight times in the last 14 years. And in those
eight appearances, the Cyclones have reached the 2nd round six times,
the Sweet 16 twice and the Elite 8 once. Iowa State has won two of the Big 12's ten
regular season titles. Only Kansas has won more. Iowa State has been at least the #2 seed in the
Big Dance twice since the year 2000. The only schools who can boast as much:
Duke, Arizona, Kansas, Illinois,
North Carolina, Michigan State, Stanford, UCONN, Maryland, Cincinnati, and
Forest. That's the company
State has been and will
continue to be with.
Coach McDermott and his Staff
McDermott is widely known as one of the best up and coming coaches in the
country. Anywhere he has coached, victories have followed. He took a UNI team
that prior to his arrival hadn't had a winning season since 1997 to three
straight NCAA tournaments. That is one of the greatest turnarounds in college
basketball in the last 20 years. Now McDermott is armed with an Iowa State program that has top-notch
facilities, a dedicated athletic administration and relentless coaching staff.
Assistant coaches T.J. Otzelberger, Jean Prioleau, Jeff Rutter and Ron Smith
combine with McDermott to create an energetic staff, focused on attracting the
best basketball players to mold them into a team that will win the right way.
With McDermott and his team of coaches assembled, Iowa State basketball is poised to reach even
Become a Legend
had quite a few legendary basketball players that continue to be talked about
with high esteem and reverence. Mention the names Gary, Fred, Jamaal, Marcus, Grayer, or Horny
and Cyclone Nation will know exactly who you are talking about. Cyclone legends
aren't just ordinary basketball players. They will be remembered for years and
decades to come. Fred Hoiberg even received votes to be the Mayor of Ames.
Marcus Fizer and Jamaal Tinsley each were selected as consensus first team
All-Americans in the recent future. If you are able to achieve their type of
success, you will never be forgotten. And if Iowa State is able to win an NCAA title, the
celebration and joy that will occur may never be rivaled. It would be an
experience of a lifetime.
Big 12 TV Exposure
Big 12 has become one of the top three basketball conferences in the country.
And with that, the bright lights of the TV cameras have followed. Every single
regular season game Iowa State plays in is televised. And most of
them are carried nationally by the Cyclone or Big 12 Television Networks. From
SoCal, Cyclone basketball can be seen. And what better way to be seen than going
up against some of the best talent around the country in the Big 12. If you
think you are one of the best players in the nation, you won't face any better
competition in the nation than at Iowa State.
Coliseum has been called one of the best environments in college basketball. At
times the crowd has reached such a fever pitch, the floor starts to rumble and
the basket starts to shake. Iowa State fans are some of the most
knowledgeable around. If the team needs a little ‘get me up,' the Hilton
faithful pick it up an extra notch. Hilton Magic creates such a home court
advantage; opposing teams rarely stand a chance. In fact from 1998-2001, ISU won
39 straight home games. If the Cyclones are on a roll, there isn't a more
exciting place to spend two hours.