ISU lands transfer from Southern Illinois

Iowa State continued to add depth to their front court for the future by landing Southern Illinos transfer Anthony Booker.

"It was a fast process," said Booker. "Coach Otzelberger contacted me last Saturday and I visited this past Tuesday and Wednesday and I just loved it."

Clearly the biggest selling point for Anthony was new Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg.

"I just feel like Coach Hoiberg can put me in the best place to succeed," said Booker. "With his eight years in the NBA and six years in the front office I just felt like it was best to play for someone with that experience. He also has a great staff and with them playing against Big 12 competition this was an opportunity that I couldn't pass by again."

The 6-foot-8, 230-pound power forward is leaving Southern Illinois after two seasons mainly because he feels his type of game fits a different style from what he played with the Salukis.

"I had a great relationship with Coach (Chris) Lowery but what I realized after two years is that I didn't think I fit his style of play," said Booker. "I think Iowa State fans are going to see a completely different player in two years. Coach Hoiberg said that they are going to play a more open and up tempo style of game and that is what I have come from throughout my entire playing career. I just feel having a little more freedom will really help me."

Anthony said that the coaches really liked what they saw during his visit and made it clear to him why they wanted him at Iowa State.

"I got to scrimmage some and they felt that I showed more that what I had displayed at Southern Illinois," said Booker. "They feel I bring a broad skill set and that it will help them having a more mature post player because they have a lot of young post players coming in."

Booker already knows what he wants to be working on during the upcoming year that he will have to sit out.

"My strength is the biggest thing that I will be working on because playing in the Big 12 you have to be very physical," he said. "I also want to tighten up a few things such playing on the perimeter and guarding the perimeter a little better. I want to make sure I get a solid grasp of Coach Hoiberg's offense and also keep improving on my ballhandling and shooting."

Anthony also can't believe that he'll be able to use the new basketball facility whenever he wants to.

"I just love their new facility and I would have to say that it's the best that I have seen," he said. "We never had a place like that at Southern Illinois and I really feel like that is going to make it a lot easier for Iowa State to get recruits. Having something like that really makes a player want to come to your school."

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