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Published on Jan 13, 2011
The Mayor is back in Ames, and he's got the Cyclones in his command. It's his first coaching job. Ever. But the former Minnesota Timberwolves administrator and All-American at Iowa State in the early to mid 1990s knows what it takes to bring success back to ISU...and that the road to success isn't quick.
The team will rely on senior guard Diante Garrett, who averaged nearly 10 points per game and was an assist machine, dishing off a team-high 164 assists last season.
Hoiberg says senior forward Jamie Vanderbeken will be another key cog in the Cyclone team. He stands at 6-11, and the big man is one of the best outside shooters on the team. He shot 40% from beyond the arc in 2008-2009.
This past summer, Hilton Coliseum flooded thanks to heavy rain in the upper Midwest overflowing local creeks. The flood caused millions of dollars in damage, but didn't harm Cyclone spirit.
But the arena is functional now, and ready for the season to start. Hoiberg says he too, is ready, regardless of the team's experience.