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Kristin Scott attempts a three pointer in Iowa State’s 99-58 win over North Carolina Central. 


Four games. Three losses.

That is the current stretch the Iowa State women’s basketball team is on.

Luckily, that win came in its most recent game against North Carolina Central — a much-needed win. Those three losses came from Drake, Vanderbilt and Iowa. Three points decided two of the losses and against the Hawkeyes it was six points, meaning a few made shots and the Cyclones would have three more wins.


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Kristin Scott gets the ball in the paint and does a hook shot over the UMKC defender. Scott would score a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds as Iowa State wins 61-45 on Nov. 20. 



“Our team needed something positive,” said coach Bill Fennelly of last Sunday’s win. “It wasn’t the caliber of team we’re gonna face down the road, but this team needed something good to happen.”

And when the Cyclones (4-5, 0-0 Big 12) welcome UC-Riverside (3-7, 0-0 Big West) to Hilton Coliseum on Sunday afternoon, they’ll be searching for another win. With non-conference games ticking away, the Cyclones need all the wins they can get going into a tough Big 12 schedule.

The Highlanders present another great opportunity for the Cyclones to pick up a win similar to last Sunday’s contest where they dismantled the Eagles. In that win, the Cyclones were able to see the rise of two post players – something that had been absent.

The two post players being Meredith Burkhall and Kristin Scott.

“For me it was just, I have the mentality now to just work at the everyday practice and just bring that to every single game,” Scott said. “I want it to be consistent, so I’m just gonna work harder at that.”

During the three losses, Burkhall accounted for just 11 points. Last Sunday, the junior had 19, a season-high. Similar to Burkhall, Scott accounted for seven points in the three-game losing streak. Against the Eagles, she exploded for 19 points, a career-high.

Those two performances came a game after junior forward Bride Kennedy-Hopoate held Iowa’s potential All-American, Megan Gustafson, in check and added a career-high 10 points while she was at it.

While the post play has struggled in the last four games, Adriana Camber has not. The sophomore has drained 11 3-pointers in that stretch. However, against UC-Riverside, Camber can’t wait to heat up in the second half like she has all season long.


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Sophomore Adriana Camber bringing the ball into Hawkeye territory during their match against the University of Iowa o Dec. 6. at the Hilton Coliseum. The games final score was Iowa 61, Iowa State 55. 


“I should try that,” Camber said of shooting a 3-pointer in the second half.

Of Camber’s 41 points in the four-game stretch, 35 have come in the second half. In two games, Camber has recorded zero points in the first half, only to turn around and finish with a double-digit performance.

Despite whatever talent level the Cyclones come across on Sunday, it’s a must-win game. Sitting one game under .500 is not an ideal way to start Big 12 play.

The Highlanders, with seven losses, have played four power-five schools, two of which were ranked. They also have a win over UNLV, a team that is 7-2 with a few good wins.

“We need these next two wins before going into break to build our confidence and get over .500,” Scott said.


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Much like Scott, Fennelly noted that the next two games are the final two before break, meaning an all out effort is expected just like every other game.

“It’s important for us to finish the pre-Christmas schedule,” Fennelly said. “Hopefully on a good note knowing the Big 12 starts when we get back.”

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Peterson: Cameron Lard can be terrific. At Iowa State, yes, but nationally, too.

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The head coach says Lard can be one of the best on the nation, not just one of the best at Iowa State.
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AMES, Ia. — It’s been just shy of a year since Cameron Lard took up residence in Ames, and oh, what a year it’s been.

The 6-foot-9 basketball player watched from the sidelines as Steve Prohm’s team won the Big 12 Conference tournament, as the Cyclones played in a sixth NCAA Tournament in a row.

Yes, it was tough.

“Just sitting there and not being able to contribute — it wasn’t easy,” Lard said during an interview after a game in West Des Moines last summer.

He’s playing now, you know. He’s had good moments, too, and eventually, he might even join Prohm’s starting five.

The continuation of Lard’s learning process is during Saturday’s 3:30 p.m. encounter against 8-2 Northern Iowa in the Hy-Vee Classic at Wells Fargo Arena — in what many people expect to be the marquee portion of this annual two-game event.

Iowa State has won seven games in a row since Nick Weiler-Babb became the point guard. Northern Iowa received votes in last week’s Associated Press poll.

The Panthers, with a strength of schedule that was 49th on Thursday, have faced top-ranked Villanova, North Carolina, North Carolina State, and UNLV, among others. Iowa State, with a No. 88 SOS, has played an OK non-Big 12 Conference schedule that includes the likes of Missouri, Boise State and Iowa.

“A great challenge,” Prohm said of Saturday’s opponent.

Which of our state’s  four Division-I teams has the best shot at making the 2018 NCAA Tournament?

Many believe it’s Ben Jacobson’s Panthers, so there’s the setup for what should be a low-scoring game (by Iowa State standards) in which every possession will be important.

Lard’s influence

Northern Iowa plays differently than many of Iowa State’s opponents. Panthers possessions will last longer, the Cyclones will have extended moments of playing intense defense, and essentially, it’ll be their first experience in a half-court game against a good opponent.

That’s where Lard comes in.

A key to playing solid half-court defense includes the patience of not committing a foul. That’s not exactly Lard’s forte, considering he got two during an 18-second span in the early part of last week’s Cy-Hawk victory over Iowa.

And get this: Northern Iowa scored 32 points in the free-throw lane during its 64-50 loss against Villanova in the Battle 4 Atlantis. The Panthers scored 30 points in the paint against North Carolina.

Given that Solomon Young is Iowa State’s only other inside presence — Lard must refrain from getting in foul trouble against the most meticulous offense the Cyclones have faced this season.

When does he start?

That question has been asked a lot, fans comparing Lard’s statistics to the 6-foot-8 Young. It might happen, but on Saturday against Northern Iowa?

Iowa State’s on a roll with a starting five of Weiler-Babb, Lindell Wigginton, Donovan Jackson, Jeff Beverly and Young. Prohm doesn’t often tinker with success.

“It doesn’t matter,” Lard said. “I’m always excited to play. Every time I suit up — I’m always ready to play.”

Lard averages 9.3 points and 6.0 rebounds while playing an average of just 16.9 minutes. He has 12 blocked shots. Everyone looks to Weiler-Babb’s position move as the key to the seven-winning streak, but Lard gets some of that credit, too.

He was withheld for the first two games — losses against Missouri and Milwaukee. Iowa State is 7-0 since he entered the lineup.

Put another way — Cameron Lard has never lost a college game in which he has played.

He’s not the reason for the turnaround. The offense was a mess before Weiler-Babb’s move. That’s the biggest factor behind for the recent success. Lard has been pretty good, too, though.

He’s in shape now

Almost a year ago, Lard worked out before games on the Hilton Coliseum floor on which he would eventually play. For an hour, sometimes, he’d go through drills in near solitude — long before fans packed into the arena.

He’d stop mid-drill to catch his breath, to recover and at times even grab a drink of water.

Simply — he was gassed.

“Yeah,” he said. “It was trying to transition over to a different phase. College is different than high school.”

He wasn’t in the greatest basketball shape, after not playing in a while. But that’s changed. He’s a rim-runner, often beating even the guards from one rim to the other. He’s a dunker. He’s way more agile than he was during those inconspicuous workouts.

“Cam’s done a 180-degree turn since he’s been here,” Weiler-Babb said. “He was a raw talent — skinny — and now he’s grown into his frame.

“He’s playing with energy, and that’s what we need off the bench.”

Every game, every practice is a different learning experience.

Crash the boards.

Block out.

Don’t foul.

Cameron Lard has heard it all during his almost 12 months as an official member of the team

“His body has changed,” Prohm said. “He’s starting to learn what it takes to play at this level. He’s made a huge jump to now.

“He’s just tapping the surface of what he really can be. He can be a terrific player, not only here at Iowa State, but in the country.”

Iowa State columnist Randy Peterson has been with the Register for parts of five decades. Randy writes opinion and analysis of Iowa State football and basketball. You can reach Randy at rpeterson@dmreg.com or on Twitter at @RandyPete.

 

 

 

 

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North Scott DE Zach Petersen’s hectic, late-blooming recruitment includes Iowa, Iowa State

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Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz has 142 career wins at the school, one shy of tying Hayden Fry. The Hawkeyes play in the Dec. 27 Pinstripe Bowl.
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North Scott head coach Kevin Tippett discussed recruiting with his star senior defensive end, Zach Petersen, about midway through the Lancers’ 10-2 football season. At that point, he had zero offers to play in college.

“‘Keep doing the right things,'” Tippett remembers telling him. “‘You’re doing the right things. People will figure it out eventually.'”

But would they? Petersen still had no offers by season’s end. None of it made sense, Tippett thought.

Petersen had the frame — 6-foot-4, 225 pounds and plenty of room for more.

He had the film — Iowa recruit John Waggoner is the state’s top defensive end prospect, but Petersen probably had the best senior tape.

He’d done all the right things — excelled in summer camps at Iowa and Iowa State, qualified for state in wrestling, racked up 16 solo tackles for loss and 10 solo sacks as a senior, made the Register’s All-Iowa Elite Team.

Still, barely a peep. Northern Illinois showed interest, but backed off when its needs at the spot were filled.

Then … something bonkers happened, even by the recruiting world’s standards. Petersen’s stock exploded.

He racked up five Power 5 offers in four weeks, earned three stars from Rivals and 247Sports and transformed from an unknown prospect to a major Midwest must-have. The 247Sports composite now ranks him as the state’s No. 7 2018 prospect.

Only Division II programs Lindenwood and Minnesota State-Mankato had offered as of Nov. 13. Now, Iowa, Iowa State, Illinois, Nebraska and Kansas State all want Petersen.

“(That’s) just extremely rare these days,” said Rivals Midwest recruiting analyst Josh Helmholdt, who’s been in the business for nearly 15 years. “To have a guy who makes a big stride in his senior year really isn’t all that unique or rare. It’s just rare that it then translates into a guy coming from completely off the radar into several Power 5 offers.”

It often takes only one top-tier offer to begin the snowball effect for a prospect. That school was Illinois, which offered Petersen Nov. 14 during an unofficial visit.

Kansas State then invited him for a visit and offered Nov. 25. Iowa State visited him at his house Dec. 6 and offered. Nebraska drove to North Scott High the next day and offered Petersen. And on Dec. 8, Brian Ferentz gave him a Hawkeye offer.

Allen Trieu, 247Sports’ Midwest recruiting analyst, compares Petersen’s surge to that of Robert Windsor, a late-blooming 2015 defensive end from Wisconsin who wound up picking Penn State.

“Some kids just catch on later,” Trieu said. “He did do a handful of camps, but not a ton. He is at a school that has not had a ton of prospects. And I think in Iowa, if Iowa and Iowa State have not offered you, sometimes it is hard to get noticed.

“I watched his junior film, just to see if there was a big leap, but the junior film was pretty good, too. Without having followed him much until recently, it looks like a kid who was just truly under the radar waiting to be discovered — I did not see a clear reason behind it.”

Petersen certainly has the mesaurables you’re looking for. Beyond that build, he also has a 4.9-second 40-yard dash time and can squat 485 pounds, according to his Hudl profile.

 

Where does his recruitment stand with each school?

Petersen and his dad, former Iowa State nose tackle Troy Petersen, responded to several Twitter direct messages from the Register regarding Zach’s recruitment. But not to any requesting comment for this story. Tippett said this past month has been quite hectic and stressful for Zach Petersen as he tries to sift through this rapid interest and make the best decision for him.

So, with the information we do have, here’s what Petersen’s recruitment stands with each of his suitors:

Illinois

Lovie Smith and the Illini have been “all-in” on Petersen since offering in November, Tippett said.

They’ve had two in-home visits and an unofficial. They watched his wrestling meet in Muscatine last week. They hosted him for his first official visit Dec. 3. And their school boasts one of the country’s best agriculture colleges — an important factor for Petersen.

Plus, Illinois doesn’t currently have a defensive end recruit in its 2018 class.

Iowa

Tippett said offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz has been a regular recruiting presence since last spring, and he was the one who extended the offer to Petersen.

That raises a logical question: Since Brian Ferentz is recruiting Petersen, does Iowa see him as an offensive lineman? Especially since it was thought they were done recruiting 2018 defensive ends even before landing Waggoner?

“I think he’d be a heck of an offensive lineman,” Tippett said. “But he’s being actively recruited as a defensive lineman across the board, I believe.”

Chatter around Petersen’s recruitment suggests Iowa’s lack of an agriculture program hurts.

Brian Ferentz invited Petersen for an official visit Dec. 8-10. But Petersen wound up visiting Iowa Sate, which had offered at that point. Iowa has visited Petersen in his home, too.

Kansas State

Like Illinois, Kansas State has had a heavy presence since it offered, Tippett said. 

Petersen will take his third official visit to Manhattan this coming weekend. He previously took an unofficial visit when he received the offer in late November.

The Wildcats have visited Petersen at school and at home. Their school has a strong agriculture college, but they do already have two defensive end recruits for this class.

Iowa State

As mentioned earlier, Petersen’s dad played for the Cyclones in the early 1990s, so there are some ties here. Iowa State’s offer is only a grayshirt, however.

He took an official visit to Ames this past weekend. Iowa State also boasts a top-tier agriculture college.

The Cyclones visited Petersen in his home, and it’s been reported that Matt Campbell and his staff will watch Petersen wrestle this Friday at the Battle of Waterloo before he heads to Kansas State for his official visit.

Nebraska

The Huskers were the last team to enter the sweepstakes. He took an unofficial visit to Nebraska on Nov. 27.

Scott Frost was officially hired Dec. 2. Five days later, offensive analyst Frank Verducci was at North Scott High to offer Petersen. So, he was clearly one of Frost’s first 2018 targets.

Nebraska has a strong agriculture college, too.

Matthew Bain covers college football and basketball recruiting for the Des Moines Register. He also helps out with Iowa and Iowa State football and basketball coverage for HawkCentral and Cyclone Insider. Contact him at mbain@gannett.com and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.

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Will Iowa State cornerback Brian Peavy forgo senior season for NFL Draft? He’s weighing his options.

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Sports writers Randy Peterson and Tommy Birch break down the Jacob Park release from Iowa State and what it could mean for the quarterback position next season.
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AMES, Ia. — The Liberty Bowl could be the final game of Iowa State cornerback Brian Peavy’s college career.

The Iowa State redshirt junior said he’s contemplating his options and could forgo his senior season to enter the NFL Draft.

“It’s in the air — something I’ve thought about,” Peavy said. “I’m just weighing my options. If it’s there, I think I would take the opportunity. It’s something that I’ll discuss with my family and pray about.”

Peterson: My feeling on the Jacob Park transfer? Just disappointed that it came to this.

Peavy, now in his third season starting, finished the regular season third on the team with 81 total tackles. He also had seven pass breakups, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.

The success he’s had caught the attention of plenty of people. Peavy was named a Second-Team All-Big 12 pick by the media and by the league’s coaches following the regular season. NFL teams may be taking notice of Peavy, as well. 

“He’s an all-around player and I think NFL teams will see that and they’ll realize that even though he’s a little small — he’s not quite the size you may want at outside corner — he competes so hard, he plays so well that he’s going to go in the NFL Draft, I think,” said Pro Football Focus analyst Bryson Vesnaver.

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Peavy checks in at 5-foot-9, 190 pounds, but that hasn’t stopped him from having plenty of success against the high-scoring, pass-heavy offense of the Big 12. In fact, he has a resume full of success. As a redshirt freshman in 2015, Peavy led the Cyclones in tackles (82), pass breakups (10) and interceptions (two). A year later, he was fourth on the team in tackles (62) and led the team in pass breakups (11).

His numbers would have been even better this season, but Vesnaver and even Peavy noticed that teams began making a concentrated effort to avoid throwing on the Iowa State star’s side of the field. When offenses would attack his side, Peavy was often there to make a play. Vesnaver said Pro Football Focus tracked that Peavy allowed just 16 catches to opposing Big 12 receivers in 2017.

“Which is pretty nuts considering the receivers he’s going against, a lot of those guys are future NFL players and he’s shutting them down,” Vesnaver said. “He’s good at everything. He jumps up and he plays the run super well. He’s not afraid to get involved. A lot of corners will back up, he doesn’t. He’s fast, he’s strong and plays bigger than he is.”

The only blemish on Peavy’s career is a Thanksgiving arrest in which he was charged with fourth degree criminal mischief and interference with official acts. The arrest occurred when Peavy and another male were discovered spray-painting underneath a bridge near an Ames park. The two ran when approached by police. The other male escaped. Peavy was arrested.

“I’m in a design class,” Peavy said. “I’m getting a minor in AMD and it was merely just a photo shoot to expand and open up my options after football. It wasn’t anything gang related.”

Peavy’s skills on the field are so good that it will likely be a blip on the radar. Vesnaver said those skills are so good that he anticipates an NFL team selecting Peavy if he does enter into the NFL Draft before his senior season.

“Late third, maybe fourth round kind of area,” Vesnaver said. “I think if he tests well, which I think he will if he does, I think he’s pretty athletic, I think that could bump him up to a Day 2 guy.”

Peavy knows it’s a decision he’ll eventually have to make.

“That’s something that I’m going to weigh my options about — seeing my potential draft stock and just seeing where I land,” Peavy said. 

 

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Analysis: Breaking down Iowa State’s quarterback options for 2018 following Jacob Park’s expected transfer

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Sports writers Randy Peterson and Tommy Birch break down the Jacob Park release from Iowa State and what it could mean for the quarterback position next season.
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Who will start at quarterback for Iowa State in 2018?

Nine weeks ago, that was not even a question. Jacob Park was expected to be a seasoned starter and likely one of the Big 12’s most-accomplished passers returning in 2018.

But a lot has changed since the first week of October, and Iowa State will enter the offseason much more uncertainty than expected with Park now planning to transfer from Iowa State. 

So where does this leave Iowa State at quarterback heading into the offseason? 

Well, Iowa State has options already on campus and coming to campus. Don’t be surprised if Iowa State goes after a graduate transfer, a move that arguably rescued the Cyclones this season. 

But this is clear: Iowa State will need all the help it can get.

If the 2017 season taught the Cyclones anything, it’s that you can never have too many quarterbacks.

Iowa State used three starting quarterbacks and rotated in four total QBs this season. When 2018 begins, three of those four will likely be gone.

Here’s a look at what Iowa State’s likely options at the quarterback spot are for 2018: 

Kyle Kempt

The fifth-year senior should be done after this season. But there is some hope he could return. Kempt told the Ames Tribune earlier this month he will look into getting another year of eligibility. The road won’t be easy for Kempt, who has already had quite the journey going from Oregon State to Hutchinson Community College and now to Iowa State. He did make the most of his chances, though. Kempt took over the starting spot for Park in October and guided the Cyclones to four-straight wins including victories over two top four teams. He’s looked tremendous in Matt Campbell’s offense, throwing 13 touchdowns and only three interceptions. 

Zeb Noland

Noland is the likely heir apparent to the starting spot. The redshirt freshman filled in when Kempt was dinged up this season and showed signs of potential. Noland nearly guided Iowa State to an upset over then-No. 15 Oklahoma State when he came into the game in the second quarter. A week later, he led Iowa State to a win at Baylor. But there will be growing pains with Noland, as talented as he is. He completed 36-66 passes for 533 yards and two touchdowns in four games this season.

Devon Moore

Moore was Campbell’s first commitment when he came to Iowa State. The Waterloo native committed to Campbell the day he was introduced at Iowa State. The dual-threat quarterback was one of the best playcallers in the state in high school and was an All-Iowa selection in 2016 by the Register. He ended his career passing for 5,098 yards, 46 touchdown passes and 23 rushing touchdowns. But Moore has had his share of health problems as well. He missed parts of his junior season in high school with a broken leg. This summer, Moore tore his ACL. As such, it’s been a lost fall for his development.

Re-al Mitchell

Mitchell, a high school senior, has yet to step on campus or even sign with the Cyclones but there is plenty of excitement for him. The California quarterback tallied over 4,000 total yards of offense, was clocked running the 100 meters in under 11 seconds and is the son of former American Gladiators star, Blaze. But Michell has his share of questions. He shared snaps during his senior season with another quarterback, reportedly dealt with an injury and lost the job. That’s not to mention that Mitchell hasn’t even taken a college snap.

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Iowa State players quick to defend fans after Park interview



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Iowa State quarterback Jacob Park makes an adjustment before the snap in the second half against Iowa. The Cyclones were defeated, 44-41.


As first reported by the Des Moines Register, now-former Iowa State quarterback Jacob Park asked head coach Matt Campbell for his release from the football team on Dec. 11. 

Park had been sidelined since Oct. 6 with “personal health issues”, but yesterday he claimed that it was for a failed drug test stemming from marijuana usage. 

The original suspension was only supposed to be for the Oct. 7 game at Oklahoma, but it extended for the remainder of the 2017 season. 

In the interview with the Register, Park talked about the loyalty of Iowa State fans and how he saw them turn on him. 

“Everybody says these fans are so loyal, right?” Park said to Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register. “Like, they were the first ones to turn on me. I got to witness this from a whole other perspective that most of you never get to witness.”

However, several football players came to the defense of Cyclone fans on Twitter. It started with a tweet from redshirt senior defensive end J.D. Waggoner and followed with tweets from redshirt senior linebacker and quarterback Joel Lanning, redshirt junior tight end Cole Anderson and redshirt junior running back Mike Warren. 

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Jacob Park tells the Register he plans to transfer from Iowa State

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The Cyclones’ head coach says the team’s quarterback’s situation is “day-to-day,” and that he’ll bring it up “once there’s news to address.”
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The former starting QB says his leave from the team was triggered by personal struggles, a failed test for marijuana.

Jacob Park appears to have taken his last snap at Iowa State.

The former starting quarterback for the Cyclones said in an interview with the Register on Monday night that he asked for his release from Iowa State earlier in the day and plans to transfer. Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said he plans to honor Park’s request. Park was entrenched as the starting quarterback until Iowa State announced he was taking an indefinite leave from the team on Oct. 6.

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“We wish Jacob the absolute best, and he’s done a lot of great things, but if the situation is that he’s looking for a new start, then that’s the best situation for him,” Campbell said.

In Park’s first comments to the media since then, Park said the leave stemmed from problems off the field. He said the challenge of balancing school, football, fatherhood and living with the mother of his child became overwhelming. Park also said he failed a drug test because of marijuana usage and was facing a one-game suspension that was supposed to have been served in Iowa State’s game against Oklahoma on Oct. 7.

Previously: As future father and Iowa State QB, Jacob Park learning to grow up

Park said he talked to the program’s coaching staff about his marijuana usage. The night before the suspension was supposed to be served, Iowa State announced Park had taken an indefinite leave from the team to “work through some personal health issues.”

“It was not something that was very easy to deal with when you have so much high-pressure situations that you’re being put into, as I do,” Park said Monday. “And it’s a coping mechanism that I understand now is not acceptable and that I’m still working on this to this day.”

Park said he has one more class remaining next semester before he can graduate from Iowa State. He said he plans to complete that course before pursuing football elsewhere.

Park said he practiced one time during the Oklahoma week but hasn’t since.

“As far as I’m concerned, I’m no longer on the team,” Park said. “I haven’t been communicated to by anyone on the team. I haven’t talked to coach Campbell since the second week I was gone. (I’m) just kind of now taking my own steps to make sure my future’s OK.”

Previously, from Randy Peterson: Jacob Park’s real-life drama trumps all else on the football field

Campbell said the Cyclones “had a plan in place to help” Park.

“There’s been multiple people and sources put around Jacob to get healthy and get himself back on the football team,” Campbell said. “Everybody’s been in constant communication on his health and his status.”

Previously, from Jeff Woody: Iowa State QB Jacob Park has a wicked-high ceiling

Park, a redshirt junior, ended last season as Iowa State’s starting quarterback and entered the 2017 season as the starter and captain. He was the starter for the first four games, in which he completed 100 of 162 passes for 1,181 yards and nine touchdown passes.

Kyle Kempt filled in for him when he took his leave, guiding the Cyclones to a win over then-No. 3 Oklahoma. Park never played for the Cyclones again.

“It’s rather unfortunate,” Park said. “I didn’t think it was going to come to this when it was first happening. It’s sad that it came to this.”

More on Park’s time at Iowa State:

Kempt, meanwhile, guided Iowa State to four straight wins, including a victory over then-No. 4 TCU that made the Cyclones bowl-eligible for the first time since 2012. Back in November, Park thanked Iowa State fans on Twitter for their “continuous love and support.” His mood has since changed.

“Everybody says these fans are so loyal, right?” Park said. “Like, they were the first ones to turn on me.

“I got to witness this from a whole other perspective that most of you never get to witness.”

More: Jacob Park’s comment about how Iowa State fans turned on him puzzles Cyclone Nation

A former blue-chip recruit, Park began his college career at Georgia. He transferred to Trident Technical College in South Carolina — a school that doesn’t have a football program. Park kept in shape by playing in a church league with friends. He later attended Northeast Oklahoma A&M, where he attended school and joined the football team but never played.

Park said speculation of Kempt, a fifth-year senior seeking a sixth season of eligibility, sparked his decision to ask out of his scholarship.

“They’re not bringing me back,” Park said. “I think that’s pretty clear. When I heard that, (that) is when I realized I needed to find somewhere else to go.”

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Jacob Park plans to transfer from Iowa State


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Iowa State quarterback Jacob Park looks for an open man on a pass play in the first half against Texas.



Redshirt junior quarterback Jacob Park told the Des Moines Register on Monday evening that he has asked for his release from Iowa State and plans to transfer upon graduation in the spring. 

Park took a leave of absence starting on Oct. 6 due to personal health reasons, according to a statement from the Iowa State athletics department back on Oct. 6. According to Park in the Des Moines Register interview, he said that he failed a drug test because of his marijuana usage and that he would be facing a one-game suspension, which would have been the Oklahoma game on Oct. 7. 

After that one game, coach Matt Campbell said Park would take an indefinite leave from the team. That leave would be for the entire season.

“As far as I’m concerned, I’m no longer on the team,” Park said to Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register on Monday night. “I haven’t been communicated to by anyone on the team. I haven’t talked to coach Campbell since the second week I was gone. [I’m] just kind of now taking my own steps to make sure my future’s OK.”  


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Iowa State quarterback Jacob Park launches the ball downfield during the annual CyHawk football game Sept. 9, 2017. The Cyclones fell to the Hawkeyes 44-41 in one overtime.


Park has one more class left to complete in the spring and will graduate from Iowa State, according to the interview with the Des Moines Register. After graduation, Park will look to transfer to another school to finish out his college career. 

Park redshirted his one and only year at Georgia, before heading to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M where he didn’t play football. After one year, Park transferred to Iowa State and has played in the 2016 and 2017 season.

In the 2016 season, Park played in 10 games and started three of them, throwing for 1,791 passing yards and 12 touchdowns. 

Park started the first four games of the 2017 season, having a 61.73 percent completion percentage. He threw for 1,181 passing yards and nine touchdowns. 

“It’s rather unfortunate,” Park said to Tommy Birch from the Des Moines Register. “I didn’t think it was going to come to this when it was first happening. It’s sad that it came to this.”

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Peterson: Could an Iowa State football player join the basketball roster?

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Cyclones coach Steve Prohm talks about how his team overcame a rough start
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AMES, Ia. — Four not-in-uniform Iowa State basketball players walked past coach Steve Prohm while he was conversing with a couple of reporters about 90 minutes before a victory against Alcorn State at Hilton Coliseum on Sunday.

First to pass were Michael Jacobson and Marial Shayok, hold-outs after transferring from Nebraska and Virginia, respectively.

Next to walk by were Zoran Talley and Jakolby Long, active players, yet inactive because of a stress fracture and concussion, respectively.

That’s two who can’t play until next season. That’s two more players who can’t play (or practice much) until becoming healthy.

What’s a coach to do?

Football team.

“I haven’t done it in the past, but we may have to grab some,” Prohm told the Register after his weekly press conference Monday. “If we stay beat up, there’s a couple guys that may want to do it that I may go see, but I won’t do it until after the bowl game.”

Prohm and football coach Matt Campbell talk to each other whenever they can, but mostly “it’s about how bad the (Cleveland) Browns are,” Prohm added, referring to Campbell’s favorite NFL team.

Prohm’s roster problem isn’t anything like the 0-13 Browns’ problems. His roster may be short-handed, but it enters Saturday’s 3:30 p.m. game against UNI at Wells Fargo Arena riding a seven-game winning streak.

“Everybody goes through it,” Prohm said of the team’s injuries. “We have 10 players, and we have to make good use of those 10.”

Iowa State’s roster includes just four healthy guards: Nick Weiler-Babb, Donovan Jackson, Lindell Wigginton and Terrence Lewis.

“We’re at a point right now where we’re used to it,” Weiler-Babb said.

It’s impossible to practice first-team against the second-team, but that’s just part of it.

“We need to get some game-like reps in practice,” Prohm said. “If we’re going to play some zone — we have to work on that against live action, not against five managers.”

Therefore…

Football players, although Prohm said he’ll wait until after the Dec. 30 Liberty Bowl before determining whether to ask Campbell if he could recommend a senior player or two.

“I don’t know that we’ve gone five-on-five in practice in two weeks — at least,” Prohm said. “We don’t need to be out there 2½ hours, but (practice) has been affected.”

Where it’s especially bothersome is at the guard position, where Long would add some depth — had he not suffered a concussion over the Thanksgiving break.

So who among the football players could help?

“Marchie Murdock,” Weiler-Babb said. “We had some great battles when we played against each other in high school.”

Both are from Arlington, Texas, but played at different high schools.

“We played four years against each other,” Weiler-Babb said. “He’s good.”

It’s not uncommon for football players to play basketball. Coach Fred Hoiberg’s first Iowa State basketball roster, for instance, included football players Austin McBeth and Drew Mitchell.

So might Murdock be next?

Unlikely, because he graduates with a Master’s Degree on Dec. 15. To play basketball for the next semester, he’d have to take at least six more credit hours.

What about Allen Lazard?

That’s not happening, either.

“Allen is such a great athlete; we’d love to have him around,” Weiler-Babb said. “I bet he’d be a pretty good basketball player, but I’m also sure he’s going to do whatever he can to get paid (NFL) — and I don’t blame him.”

Joel Lanning has already successfully transitioned from quarterback to linebacker, so playing basketball would be a breeze, right?

“I don’t know anything he can’t do — offense, defense or special teams,” Weiler-Babb said. “He could probably give us a couple pointers.”

That’s not happening either, though. Lanning, too, has NFL ambitions.

“Hakeem Butler would be good,” Weiler-Babb said of the 6-foot-6 receiver. “He’s athletic and tall.”

He’s also just sophomore…

Not happening.

So now what?

The best bet just night be perseverance — until Long and Talley return to healthy status next month.

Iowa State columnist Randy Peterson has been with the Register for parts of five decades. Randy writes opinion and analysis of Iowa State football and basketball. You can reach Randy at rpeterson@dmreg.com or on Twitter at @RandyPete.

Source: Des Moines Register

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NOTEBOOK: Wigginton wins Big 12 award, Lard growing, Weiler-Babb finds his role


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Iowa State head coach Steve Prohm speaks with his team during a timeout against Western Illinois.



After three games in six days, coach Steve Prohm came to Monday’s press conference knowing his team has five days of rest before Iowa State’s game against Northern Iowa on Dec. 16 in the Hy-Vee Classic.

Here’s a few items that were brought up from the coaches and players interviews today.


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Lindell Wigginton, guard, looks for an open pass during the men’s basketball game against Alcorn State on Dec. 10 at Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones won 78-58.


Lindell Wigginton wins Big 12 Newcomer of the Week

The freshman guard has found his role as a scorer and wing player and it’s led to him earning Big 12 Newcomer of the Week on Monday. Prohm took Wigginton and senior guard Donovan Jackson off the point guard position during the Puerto Rico Tip-Off at the end of November and gave that position to Nick Weiler-Babb, who has embraced it fully.

As a result of changing positions, Wigginton feels more comfortable with his role and has been able to focus on his shooting for the last couple of weeks.

“I’m always confident. I know I can play at this level,” Wigginton said. “The last five games or so, I’ve been more aggressive and that’s what I need to do to help the team win.”

Before the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, the Cyclones had a game at Missouri and against Milwaukee at home. In those two games, Wigginton shot 4-for-15 from the floor and 2-for-6 from the 3-point line. He scored 18 points total between the two games and looked to be transitioning into college basketball.


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Iowa State freshman Lindell Wigginton lays the ball in after making a move on the perimeter against Western Illinois on Nov. 25. Wigginton put up 21 points, a career high.



After the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, those 18 points became a score line for Wigginton in one game. Iowa State has played four games since the tournament and have gone a perfect 4-0 in those games.

Wigginton has taken an average of 14.75 shots per game and has made an average of 7.5 shots each game. That means he’s had a 50.8 percent field goal percentage during that four-game stretch.

Along with field goal shooting, Wigginton has also found his touch from behind the arc as he’s totaled 15-for-27 from the 3-point line in those four games. That’s a 55.5 3-point shooting percentage.

Wigginton has found and embraced his role as a shooter on the team. It’s shown with 20-point or higher performances in the last three of four games for the Cyclones.


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Redshirt freshman forward Cameron Lard celebrates after a dunk on the Iowa Hawkeyes Dec. 7, in Hilton Coliseum. Iowa State defeated the Hawks 84-78.


Cameron Lard has grown as a basketball player

The redshirt freshman forward is known by Iowa State fans as the player that dunks the ball and gets Hilton Coliseum on their feet.

Even though he does have those characteristics, Lard has become a huge asset for Prohm and the Iowa State team this season, especially in the post. Lard had a double-double last night in the 78-58 win over Alcorn State, but Prohm thinks this is only the start of something good.

“He’s really talented. We’re fortunate he’s with us,” Prohm said. “He’s barely at the surface of what he can be.”

Lard is averaging 9.3 points per game along with six rebounds, but only plays 16.9 minutes per game. So, the main question is why doesn’t Lard play more often?


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Iowa State freshman Cameron Lard takes a short jump shot during the second half against Western Illinois. Lard scored 14 points in his first game at Hilton Coliseum.



The first thing is that he’s a physical player, which leads to personal fouls and an early exit for Lard. He’s tied with Jeff Beverly for second most personal fouls on the team with 19, behind Solomon Young with 26.

The second thing is that Prohm and Nick Weiler-Babb like him coming off the bench. They said Lard gives the team a spark when it’s needed in the game by his presence on the floor.

For Lard, he doesn’t care whether he’s starting or coming off the bench. He just wants to play basketball.

“I’m always excited to play,” Lard said. “Every time I suit up, I’m always ready to play.”


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Redshirt junior guard Nick Weiler-Babb directs his teammates during the Iowa vs Iowa State game Dec. 7 in Hilton Coliseum. Iowa State defeated the Hawks 84-78.


Nick Weiler-Babb has found his spot at point guard

At the beginning of this season, Prohm was testing the waters with Weiler-Babb, Wigginton and Jackson at the point guard position. He wasn’t sure who the primary guard would be and it took a couple of games, but Prohm found his player.

In the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, Weiler-Babb showcased his talents at the point guard position. He started it off with a 23-point performance against Appalachian State. Then, he showed his ability to be a triple threat on the court.

In the game against Tulsa, he had 20 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists. A double-double performance and two assists away from a triple-double. Finally, he ended the tournament with 10 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds against Boise State.

“It’s just taking a whole new role,” Weiler-Babb said. “I’m more of a pass first guy and like to kick it out for threes.”

Through the first nine games of the season, Weiler-Babb is averaging 12.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 7.9 assists per game. He’s becoming the point guard that Prohm was hoping he would be and it’s showing as the Cyclones hold a seven-game winning streak.


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Redshirt junior guard Nick Weiler-Babb dribbles around the defense during the Iowa vs. Iowa State game Dec. 7 in Hilton Coliseum. Iowa State defeated the Hawks 84-78.


Weiler-Babb became the primary point guard when Iowa State won its first game of this streak and Prohm hasn’t changed those positions since that win on Nov. 16.

“Good we moved [Nick Weiler-Babb] over [to point guard], for everybody’s sake,” Prohm said. “We still need him to score 12-16 [points] a game.”

Weiler-Babb is hoping to keep this triple threat mentality for this upcoming weekend as Iowa State takes on Northern Iowa in the Hy-Vee Classic. The game will tip-off at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.

“I don’t really think about it,” Weiler-Babb said. “I just try to find ways to help our team win each game.”

Source: Iowa State Daily

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