CSR Talks With Wesley Staten

Cyclone Sports Report goes one-on-one with Sioux City (IA) West guard and Iowa State commit Wesley Staten on recruiting rumors, his upcoming visit to Iowa State, and how he is becoming a better player in his second high school season.

Cyclone Sports Report: So what exactly happened about a month ago when many people had thought that you had de-committed from Iowa State?

Wesley Staten: It was a real frustrating situation and a lot of people took it the wrong way. I'm still committed to Iowa State but because I'm young and enjoying the recruiting process I just called and asked what the Iowa State coaches would think if I wanted to visit a few other schools. I talked mostly with Coach (Daniyal) Robinson and he was cool with it because he knows that I am still fully committed to Iowa State. It's just a situation where I'm young and I want to be completely sure of my decision but it became frustrating because of all the rumors.

Cyclone Sports Report: Are you planning any visits to Iowa State in the near future?

Wesley Staten: Yeah, I plan on going up on December 11th for the Iowa game.

Cyclone Sports Report: Are you mostly in contact with Coach Robinson?

Wesley Staten: Yeah, we talk a lot and we've become a lot closer over the last year. We talk about more than just basketball and he really seems to care about me. We talk talk about life issues, how my classes are going, and just about being a respectful kid.

Cyclone Sports Report: Have you been able to see the Cyclones play on television this year?

Wesley Staten: Yeah, they seem like they are more balanced this year. It seems like Lucca (Staiger) is really shooting well which seems to be opening things up for Craig (Brackins) inside. They just seem to have good chemistry which is great considering they are so young.

Cyclone Sports Report: When is your first game of the season?

Wesley Staten: We open up this Saturday against South Sioux City. We've lost some key players and we're just trying to get our chemistry together.

Cyclone Sports Report: What do you feel that you have improved on the most since last season?

Wesley Staten: I feel like I have a better understanding of the game and I feel like I'm becoming more of a leader. It's tough as a freshman because many of the older guys had that role. I just feel like I'm doing a better job with the mental aspect of the game and that I'm becoming more of a complete player.

Cyclone Sports Report: What things are you still looking to improve on as you approach your sophomore season?

Wesley Staten: I'm working on improving my shot so I have been shooting about 300 to 400 shots each day before practice. I'm also working on the little things like my footwork and I'm just trying to go over game film from last year to see the things that I still need to improve on. I'm holding myself to a higher standard this season because I really expect a lot out of myself.

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