Anderson looking forward to Big 12 challenge

So what was the key that led to Northern Illinois guard Darion Anderson choosing to transfer to Iowa State? He answers that question and a lot more in this exclusive one-on-one interview with Cyclone Sports Report.

Cyclone Sports Report: So how soon did Iowa State contact you after you decided to transfer from Northern Illinois?

Darion Anderson: It was pretty soon after I announced that I was leaving. The key was the fact that I'm real good friends with Craig Brackins because we played together at Boys To Men Prep School in Chicago and we're still real close. I had met Coach T.J. (Otzelberger) years ago when he was recruiting Craig and so he called me to let me know that Iowa State was interested. I felt real good about him because Craig had told me that Coach T.J. not only had helped him in basketball but that he had also helped out a lot in life and that he would definitely look out for me if I transferred to Iowa State.

Cyclone Sports Report: What did Craig tell you about Iowa State?

Darion Anderson: He told me that the atmosphere was crazy and that the games were real intense. He said that he really enjoyed his time at Iowa State.

Cyclone Sports Report: Had you had a lot of contact with Coach McDermott before he left for Creighton?

Darion Anderson: Yeah, I spoke with him a lot and when he left for Creighton I was still open about my decision. He called me later and told me that he was interested in me coming to Creighton but ultimately I just really felt a connection with Coach T.J. and just felt Iowa State was the best place for me.

Cyclone Sports Report: So what schools did you consider besides Iowa State?

Darion Anderson: My final four were Iowa State, Marshall, Providence, and Creighton.

Cyclone Sports Report: What are your thoughts about playing for Coach Hoiberg?

Darion Anderson: With him having played in the NBA it's just a huge thing and I'm ecstatic to be playing for him. He had a long career in the NBA and he's going to be able to bring all that knowledge of the game to our team. It's going to be his first year as a head coach and so I just think the whole experience will be a lot of fun.

Cyclone Sports Report: What do the Iowa State coaches like about your game?

Darion Anderson: They said that they like the way I make plays and how I'm a capable scorer and rebounder for a guard. They look at me as an all-around player at the guard spot in that I can play both positions. I'll likely play more at the point guard spot because that is where I have played most and feel the most comfortable.

Cyclone Sports Report: What did you take away from your visit to Iowa State when you visited Ames about a month ago?

Darion Anderson: It was great because I got to meet almost everyone. The only person I didn't meet was Diante Garrett which was a little frustrating because I was excited to meet him. I know we'll be on the court a lot together so I was definitely excited to talk with him. Overall, it was an amazing feeling right from when I stepped on the campus. I was really feeling a solid family feeling and there was just a vibe that I felt that I knew this is where I wanted to go.

Cyclone Sports Report: Due to the fact that you just graduated from Northern Illinois, under NCAA rules you will be eligible to play right away at Iowa State. How important will this summer be for you?

Darion Anderson: Being at Iowa State this summer is extremely big because I need to get to know my teammates and that is the perfect time to build relationships. Once school gets rolling we can then build on that heading into the season.

Cyclone Sports Report: What are your thoughts about getting to play in the Big 12?

Darion Anderson: Words can't describe how excited I am to be going to Iowa State to play in the Big 12. That's just such a great thing to know that I'm going to play in the Big 12 and get the chance to compete against teams like Kansas, Texas, and Oklahoma State.

Anderson is a 6-foot-2, 205-pound guard that averaged 10.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game last season at Northern Illinois.

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