ISU lands Penn State transfer

The Cyclone staff added outstanding depth to their future roster on Wednesday when former Penn State guard Chris Babb announced that he would be transferring to Iowa State during his official visit.

"I committed and officially signed just a little bit ago," said Babb. "I actually didn't talk to Iowa State right away after I announced that I was transferring but they were able to get a hold of my AAU coach recently and things just started to click. I looked at them coming out of high school and now I'll be getting the chance to play here."

The 6-foot-5, 215-pound shooting guard who averaged 9.3 points per game including 69 three-pointers last season also considered Baylor, Houston, and Illinois State.

Chris feels his connection with the coaches was a very important factor.

"I first started talking with Coach T.J. (Otzelberger) and he's a real cool dude. We really clicked when we were talking on the phone. Then getting to spend the day with him and getting to meet the other coaches just showed me that Iowa State was the best place for me."

Babb really enjoyed head coach Fred Hoiberg as a person and feels the former Iowa State star will also be able to significantly help his overall game.

"He was just really straight forward with me and told me what he expected from me," he said. "You can tell he has a plan and a vision. He really seems to care about his players and he showed me that he has a lot of pride in Iowa State. It also means a lot to me that he played in the NBA because he'll be able to tell me what I need to do to get to that level. I work on his drills and really take all his coaching in to help me improve as a player."

Chris will sit out the upcoming season as a transfer but he fully expects to have an impact on the team.

"I'll be coming back for summer school and I want to get to know the guys and start working out with them right away," said Babb. "I feel I can show the young guys the ropes in regards to playing in a conference that is extremely tough. I want to be a leader and help them be successful. I'm going to do everything I can on the practice team next year to make sure our starters are fully ready for the season. Then I hope to make a big impact during my two years at Iowa State."

Chris knows the two main areas he hopes to improve before taking the court as a Cyclone for the 2011-12 season.

"I want to shoot more consistently and I also want to use my size as a guard more," he said. "That way I can post up smaller guards and make more plays in the lane."

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