Degand: 'It's a Great School'

Iowa State freshman Farnold Degand is looking for a new home. The 6'4, 170-pound point guard has already visited four programs and has one trip left. Most recently he visited NC State and Oregon and both impressed him.

Iowa State freshman Farnold Degand is looking for a new home. The 6'4, 170-pound point guard has already visited four programs and has one trip left. Most recently he visited NC State and Oregon and both impressed him.

"I just came back from NC State today, and I was at Oregon last week," Degand told Pack Pride. "They both were nice schools with nice campuses. They had nice people there.

"I've been to Rutgers, that was an official, and on an unofficial to Maryland. The only visit I have left is UMASS. That is the last I have. I go there on Sunday."

Degand enjoyed both trips to Rutgers and Maryland, and he was also impressed by Oregon. The Ducks and head coach Ernie Kent are recruiting him as their future point guard.

"Oregon, it was a nice school," Degand said. "They have a really good coach with some quality players. [Distance] could play a factor with them being far out there, but overall if it's the right place for me it won't matter."

He returned from NC State today. After arriving in Raleigh on Tuesday, Degand spent the past couple of days touring the campus, meeting the coaches, and hanging out with the Wolfpack players. He also played pickup against some competition that caught his attention.

"NC State is a great school, with a great tradition," he said. "Even the pickup games down there was really good. Anthony Grundy and Flip [Murray] were there playing with the team, P.J. Tucker, a player from Clemson... it just made the pickup games competitive, and it makes you improve playing against top competition everyday."

What else does he like about the Wolfpack?

"I like the fact that it's in the ACC," said Degand. "I got to meet the new head coach, and he's a real genuine guy and seems like a great coach. He's a down-to-earth guy and was easy to talk to."

Degand, who was offered a scholarship by the Wolfpack while in Raleigh, also likes the depth chart at NC State.

"He's a real genuine guy and seems like a great coach."

"If I was to go there, they have a starting point guard now but he's a senior," he said. "He wouldn't be there next year, and he's the only point guard they've got. Playing time is one of the major factors in my decision."

Degand starred for Boston (Mass.) O'Bryant High School before enrolling at Iowa State at the age of 17, young for a college freshman. He just turned 18 in January, and will be playing in 2007 as a 19-year-old redshirt sophomore.

Because of the quality depth at point guard at Iowa State, Degand chose to redshirt as a true freshman and is hoping he can appeal the NCAA rule that forces him to sit a year when transferring to another program.

"If I was to appeal, I hope I can win," he said. "I'm going to try to and if it doesn't work I understand. It's a tough situation."

He used the redshirt year to get bigger, he added 10 pounds of muscle, and improve his overall game. He certainly impressed former Iowa State head coach Wayne Morgan with his play during practice.

"Farnold Degand has been playing great," Morgan said at the Big 12 Tournament. "I think that the people in Iowa and [the] fans across the country are going to think, where did this guy come from? He is really good. From end to end he is as fast as anybody in the country."

"I think I matured," said Degand. "I got smarter, and I learned how to play when I was working with Curtis [Stinson] and Will [Blalock]. I calmed down a lot and now I'm really comfortable with the basketball in my hands. It helped me out as a basketball player, and I've improved."

Degand has one visit left as he trips to UMASS this weekend.

"It's the hometown school," he said. "I'm close to one of the members of the coaching staff. It's really close to home, and I feel there could be something possibly there."

Looking to enroll at the college of his choice this summer, Degand plans on announcing his decision in the very near future.

"I'm going to make it as soon as possible, hopefully after I finish the UMASS visit," he said. "I'm going to talk to a couple of my high school coaches and AAU coaches and go from there.

"It's just got to be a really good situation. It has to be a place I can win and a place where there will be a lot of competition. I've got to get this one right. I won't be able to do this again."


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