Hoiberg lands first recruit

Coach Hoiberg has only been Iowa State's head coach for a few weeks but on Monday he landed his first recruit when Fort Bend (TX) Travis High School's Anthony Odunsi committed to Iowa State becoming the second member of the Cyclones 2011 recruiting class.

"I went on a visit to Iowa State last Tuesday and came back to Houston on Wednesday," said Odunsi. "During my visit I met with Coach Hoiberg and told me that he felt that I was the type of player that they needed and that he felt that I could come in and compete in the Big 12 right away. He told me that he really believed in my abilities and so he extended me a scholarship to Iowa State. I told him I wanted to go back to Houston and talk to my family first but I already knew that I was going to commit because everything about Iowa State made me feel like I was at home."

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound point guard also had offers from Vanderbilt, Stanford, Rice, and Arkansas but it was a long standing relationship with a Cyclone assistant coach that really helped Iowa State's chances for the services of Odunsi.

"I first met Coach Otzelberger back during my sophomore season and he saw me play when he was down recruiting other players," said Odunsi. "Then he came back this year and saw me play as a junior and he noticed that I now could also play point guard. After that he recruited me a lot harder and we just really clicked."

Anthony averaged 17 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and almost 3 steals a game as a junior and he told Cyclone Sports Report that having a head coach who played in the NBA should help his game in a big way.

"Certain coaches told me that they could promise me things in regards to playing time but what I liked about Coach Hoiberg is that he didn't do that," he said. "He told me that I was going to have to come in and work for it and I like that because I know my work ethic and it will be easy to listen to him because when he tells you that he can help you get to the NBA you know it's true because he has played there. He's lived it and so that means a lot to me."

Odunsi also said that the Cyclone coaches have made it very clear to him what they like about his game.

"They like that with me being 6-3 that I can get into the paint and get other people involved," he said. "They also feel that I can be a leader at Iowa State and that if I work hard they feel I can come in and play right away."

Anthony is very excited to be done with his recruitment and feels that the visit truly sealed the deal.

"It was a big decision and I'm just happy to be a Cyclone and I just want to get things rolling and get them back on top," he said. "The visit was great because I really got to hang out with the coaches and the team and everyone made me feel comfortable. You could tell they really love basketball there especially considering they don't have a pro team in Iowa. Playing basketball is what I really love to do so knowing that I'll be able to use the practice facility whenever I want is unbelievable."

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