Monday, July 12, 2010

Iowa State Adds Another Transfer: Royce White

Iowa State made a small splash today, although it's not clear yet how much impact the news will have on the court for them. Fred Hoiberg's first big signing is Royce White, who will transfer from Minnesota.

White was a big star out of high school, winning Minnesota's Mr. Basketball in 2009. He was Minnesota's top 2009 recruit, but ended up not playing a single minute on the floor for the Gophers in 2009-10 because of off-the-court struggles.

White is going to appeal to play in 2010-11, claiming that since he didn't play a minute in 2009-10 that it should count as his transfer red shirt year. The NCAA probably won't agree, and I'll be shocked if he's on the court when they open the regular season. If he does play he'll probably have to sit out at least a semester.

Fred Hoiberg has been trying to re-fill the Iowa State roster since taking over in April. I talked about the team when he was fired hired, and I still agree that there's no chance of them going dancing in 2011. And if White contributes it probably won't be until 2011-12, so he could be part a future solid Iowa State team. The Cyclones also added Anthony Booker from Southern Illinois, but he also will have to sit out the 2010-11 season. The one new transfer who will be able to play right away is Darion Anderson from Northern Illinois.

So Iowa State does have a little bit of talent going forward, including Scott Christopherson and 2010 recruit Melvin Ejim. Booker and White qualify as talents for the future. So the 2010-11 season will be about developing these players and seeing just where Hoiberg is going to take this team from a style perspective. But even with these three transfers, the team still is at least a year or two away from being competitive in the Big 12.

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