He also had a stellar freshman year that saw many highlights. He averaged 4.7 ppg and 3.8 rpg overall and averaged 5.9 ppg and 4.3 rpg in conference action. He totaled the second-most three-pointers by an ISU freshman in a season with 20. He shot 44.4 percent (20-of-45) overall and 50 percent (15-of-30) in conference games from three-point range. He scored nine points (3-5 FG, 2-2 FT) with five boards and two blocks vs. Missouri...scored nine points behind two three-pointers vs. Colorado...had four offensive boards and two three-pointers vs. Baylor...grabbed eight rebounds (five offensive) vs. Texas A&M...tallied seven points and seven rebounds against Colorado...made both of his three-point attempts at Kansas to tally six points...tallied a career-high 18 points on 5-of-6 shooting to help ISU down No. 6 Kansas at home...tied a school-record for three-point shooting percentage in a game by making all four of his three-point attempts vs. the Jayhawks...also had a career-high three steals vs. KU...scored eight points on 2-of-3 shooting from three-point range vs. Texas Tech...totaled seven points and five boards vs. Nebraska.
Here is Shane's quote from the Iowa State official site explaining his reason for leaving: "I want to thank Coach Eustachy for the two years I had at Iowa State. I felt it was in my best interest to leave ISU and pursue other opportunities. I want to thank my teammates and wish them luck and thank the coaching staff for all of their support."
He had an award winning high school career: He was a finalist for Indiana's Mr. Basketball Award, a 1999-2000 Street & Smith's preseason high honorable mention All-American, an all-star at the Adidas All-America camp in Teaneck, N.J., in the summer of 1999, an Associated Press high honorable mention all-state selection, received the Arthur L. Trestor Award for Mental Attitude at the Indiana state tournament, a two-time Hammond Times Player of the Year honoree, a four-time all-area selection and varsity starter who led Andrean to three state tournament appearances and an 81-20 mark, averaged 26.3 points, 10.4 rebounds and 7.0 assists his senior season, helping Andrean to a 24-3 record, had a game-high 27 points, 12 rebounds and five steals in Andrean's 72-56 loss to Indianapolis Brebeuf Prep in the 2000 Indiana Class 3A state championship game, averaged 24.6 points, 9.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.5 steals per game as a junior, averaged 21.7 points and 7.6 rebounds as a sophomore and tallied 16.7 points and 9.2 rebounds his freshman year.
Shane was recruited by Iowa State, Alabama, Southern California, Purdue and Miami (Fla) out of high school.
I talked to his former high school coach, Clint Swan, about Shane.
Tell me a little about Shane Power.
"He was a coach's dream. He was a very hard worker, a great kid. He was like a coach on the floor who had very good skills. He definitely has a division-one body. He will be a wind player wherever he ends up. Physically, he is a strong kid who has the ability to play the perimeter as well as anybody that I have seen. He is somebody who can defend the other team's really good player. He is also a terrific shooter. He is somebody who can hit the big shot. Every game I saw him play for Iowa State, he seemed like he was guarding the other team's best player. When I watched him play against Missouri, he was guarding Kareem Rush, against Kansas he was guarding (Jeff) Boschee. He is somebody who can do the dirty work and can hit the big shots. He is fairly quick and he is very intelligent. His basketball IQ is very high. If he plays against a guy who is physically more gifted than he is, he will find a way to find the player's weakness."
I noticed on the Iowa State site he was second in assists and first in steals. Was he that kind of player for you in high school?
"He wasn't second in assists because he was scoring all of our points. I didn't want Shane with a lot of assists. I wanted him scoring points. However, he is a very unselfish player. There were times when we wanted Shane to shoot more than he did because for our level, he was a dominate player. He was all about winning and wanted to be very successful. Wherever he goes, he will be that way."
How many years did you coach him in high school?
"I was the assistant coach his freshman year and the head coach his sophomore through senior years."
When did you notice that he was a special player?
"He had a game his freshman year against Jamal Davis, a player who plays for Cincinnati. His senior year, (Davis) was one of the best players in the state and we played them at our place. Shane was a freshman at the time. He had 25 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocked shots that game. When we saw that, we knew we had a truly special player on our hands. Things only got better from there. When you look at all the great players who have played in Indiana, he is the 20th all-time leading scorer in the state. Steve Alford is 19th and Shane Power is 6 points behind him at 20th."
Do you remember his stats from his senior year in high school?
"I remember that his three-point percentage during his senior year was 51%. He shot the ball very well."
Do you know what other schools he is looking at other than Mississippi State?
"Yes, he is also considering New Mexico, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Virginia."
Do you have any idea when he will make his decision?
"I don't know. I think he wants to get out and visit the schools and find out what he likes. I do know that he has been very happy with the dialogue that has taken place with the Mississippi State coaches. I have been very impressed the times that I have talked with them. Rick Stansbury called me but I have talked extensively with Phil Cunningham. They are both great guys. I know that Shane is very impressed with the two. I'm sure he is looking forward to going down there. I would feel good about him going there, that is for sure."
Folks, if you see Shane at this weekend's baseball games, show him that MSU hospitality by welcoming him to Mississippi State.
* Portions of this information was provided by the official Iowa State webpage.
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