Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Hubalek improving his stock

During the second half of the season, a reporter asked Cyclones' coach Greg McDermott if center Jiri Hubalek was making a case for himself to earn some money after graduation.
"Absolutely," said McDermott of Hubalek's play during the seaon.
He made an even bigger argument this weekend when the former ISU center earned all-tournament honors at the Portsmith Invitational last weekend.
Hubalek averaged 17.7 points and 8.7 rebounds during the tournament.
" was a great feeling to be able to go there and play well,” Hubalek said in a press release. “I am a competitor and I love to compete. It was a fun experience.”
How much longer do you think Hubalek can compete? Will he have to go back overseas to his homeland in Prague, Czech Republic?

Friday, March 28, 2008

Curtis Stinson returns

DES MOINES, Ia- Liked what you saw out of Curtis Stinson Thursday night? Iowa Energy coach Nick Nurse is excited about what he could see.
The 6’3, 215 pound former ISU guard made his debut with the D-League team last night with a 16 point performance at Wells Fargo Arena.
“He’s got good size and strength which is good at the NBA level,” Nurse said.
So good that Nurse thinks Stinson is, “on the fringe of the NBA,” he said.
Stinson brought many of the 4,375 fans to their feet when he checked into the game late in the second quarter.
With six games remaining on the Energy’s schedule, Nurse hopes to have him back for next season.
Iowa has three home games remaining this season with their next coming Thursday when they host the Dakota Wizards.
Will the addition of Stinson bring you to the Well? Nurse is banking on it.
"I think there are a lot of Cyclone fans and this just gives them more of a reason to come and cheer on the Energy," he said.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Iowa State Football Pro Day Wrap Up

Jerry Moses liked what he saw. Now he’s waiting to see what the scouts thought.
The Waterloo native and father of former Cyclone J.J. Moses watched his younger son and former ISU wide receiver Milan Moses work out for 25 NFL scouts Wednesday during Pro Day in Ames.
“It was fun,” the oldest Moses said. “I thought he (Milan) did pretty good today. Could have been a little better but overall I thought he did a good job.”
The highlight of his day came during a twenty minute session in which Moses, along with wide receiver Todd Blythe and tight end Ben Barkema caught passes for Bret Meyer.
The former Cyclone play caller completed 22-of-32 passes during the sesson and threw the ball strong, crisp, and comfortably.
“I felt good,” Meyer said. “I did everything I wanted to do. I felt like I helped myself a little bit.”

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Iowa State Football Pro Day

The Iowa State football team isn’t the only ones taking the field this week. The Cyclones host pro day tomorrow, with a number of former ISU players working out for NFL scouts coming to Ames. They’ll participate in a weight lifting session, 40-yard dash, and individual skill workouts.
So far, ISU officials have confirmed that only linebacker Alvin Bowen will be there, although former wide receiver Todd Blythe said last month he’ll work out. He hopes to improve on his 40-yard dash time of 4.61 seconds that he turned in at the NFL Scouting Combine last month in Indianapolis.
“I’m going to do everything again here and see if I can improve and move myself up,” Blythe said after the combine.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Spring football

Spring football practice officially begins tomorrow. While Coach Gene Chizik will enter his second year at as head coach, there aren’t as many question marks going into this season as his first.
With the annual spring game just weeks away on April 19th, what are you looking forward to the most?
The quarterback battle between Austen Arnaud and Phillip Bates?
The emergence of Alexander Robinson at running back? Can J.J. Bass and Jason Scales challenge him for playing time?
There’s plenty to look forward to with it all starting tomorrow but what’s catching your eye?

Friday, March 14, 2008

Live from the Big 12 tournament-Brackins and A&M seeing eye-to-eye

KANSAS CITY, Mo.- Excited for next season's Iowa State men’s basketball team? You’re not the only one. Texas A&M assistant coach Mike Rohn sat next to me during the second round matchup of the Big 12 tournament between Nebraska and Kansas Friday.
His Aggies face Kansas State in an hour just a day after eliminating the Cyclones’ from the tournament with a 60-47 win.
He liked what he saw Thursday.
“They’ve got a bright future,” Rohn said.
Including freshman Craig Brackins who Rohn predicts will be a first-team all conference selection in the future.
Brackins sees great things for the rest of his team.
“We’ve learned a lot,” Brackins said. “I feel like the sky is the limit for us. I feel like we’re going to be tough next year. I can’t wait.”

Live from the Big 12 tournament- The end for Rahshon Clark

KANSAS CITY, Mo.-You could see the tears coming from Rahshon Clark's eyes as he left the court for the final time as a Cyclone Thursday. What you couldn't see was how proud he was.
"I'm not disappointed," Clark said. "We went out there and gave it everything we had. The guys never gave up; we tried our best and that's all I can ask for."
A week ago, I posed the questions to fans after the all-century team celebration, should Clark be mentioned with the likes of Fred Hoiberg and Kelvin Cato. In the lockeroom after the game, I asked him.
"I would love to be named one of those players," he said. "I really can't say, it's not for me to decide."
What is left for him to decide is what's next on the senior's agenda. He'll graduate with a degree in criminal justice. He said he isn't ready to give up basketball quite yet. That wasn't hard to tell as Clark was the last player in the lockeroom with his jersey on afterwards.
"Just see where basketball takes me," said Clark. "I'm not going to stop playing basketball just as of yet. I'm too young, I have to get going."