Iowa State football brings in top rated Arizona offensive lineman

It came down to six colleges and those consisted of UCLA, Arizona State, Arizona, Oregon, Washington and Iowa State. 

In a live announcement at 7 p.m. Central Standard Time, offensive lineman Joey Ramos made his decision to become an Iowa State Cyclone. The announcement came from 12 News, a local station based out of Phoenix. 

Ramos, a native of Phoenix, attends Deer Valley High School and is a three-star recruit, according to 247Sports Composite rankings. He’s ranked sixth in Arizona and 46th in the country for the offensive lineman position. 

He received 13 offers during his recruiting process and condensed it down to six schools for his decision. 

The 6-foot-5, 290-pound, senior has helped block the way for the Skyhawks rushing game this season. Deer Valley rushed for 2,166 yards along with 26 rushing touchdowns, according to The Skyhawks finished the season 5-5 overall and are ranked 57th in the state of Arizona. 

This is the 19th commitment for Iowa State and tomorrow begins the early signing period for college football. The signing period runs until Dec. 22, otherwise the recruit will have to wait until February to sign his national letter of intent. 

Source: Iowa State Daily

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Peterson: Memo to Iowa State football recruits – prepare to play immediately


Iowa State football coach Matt Campbell says he’s fired up and excited for the Cyclones to play in the Liberty Bowl.
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AMES, Ia. — Ponder this, all you Iowa State football fans anxious to predict when Matt Campbell’s third recruiting class starts paying back:

Of the 22 high school signees among his first recruiting class, a dozen are on the Liberty Bowl depth chart, but there’s more.

That significant number would be 13 out of 22 if Kene Nwangwu, one of the finest kick returners in the Big 12 as a true freshman in 2016, hadn’t blown an Achilles during last spring practice.

More: Here’s how Matt Campbell’s growing brand could affect Iowa State Cyclones recruiting

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So when Campbell and his staff told the likes of 2018 recruiting commitments Trevor Downing, Zach Petersen, Jaeveyon Morton, Re-al Mitchell and Isaiah Lee, among others, their Power Five playing career could start sooner than back when their elders played — they weren’t reciting a bunch of recruiting mumble jumble just to get someone to sign a national letter of intent dotted line.

Campbell and his staff don’t haphazardly recruit just to fill all the lockers in the Bergstrom Football Complex. These guys are building for the future — and the immediate future, in many cases.

This season’s team that faces Memphis on Dec. 30 in Memphis, Tennessee, includes six who played as true freshmen in 2016 — David Montgomery, Deshaunte Jones, Jamahl Johnson, JaQuan Bailey, Nwangwu and Steve Wirtel.

Four true freshmen played this season — Jake Hummel, Keontae Jones, Richard Bowens and Johnnie Lang.

That’s 10 recruits over the past two seasons who played their first college game just four months after their high school graduation.

“It’s night and day difference” said Troy Petersen, Zach’s father. “These kids have seen everything, it seems like, even before they step on campus.

“I was dumb. I knew nothing about what was going on. I was getting letters, which was about all you got back then. If you were lucky enough, you got invited for a couple game-day visits.

“Now, it’s crazy how much these kids know about what they’re getting into.”

Troy Petersen played at Davenport West in the late 1980s. He was a nose guard at Iowa State between 1991-94.

“I was bigger than Zach is — I was about 245 to 250 in my senior year (of high school), but he’s a lot leaner and faster than what I was,” Troy said.


The weight room.

“I grew up on a farm,” Troy said. “My dad was my strength and conditioning coach. I bailed hay, and carried buckets of grain. I lifted weights — only to put them on the tractor before we went into the field work — but not in weight room.”

More: Cyclones land North Scott DE Zach Petersen, Iowa’s fastest-rising prospect

The Petersens are a perfect example of the then and now of immediate high school football recruit readiness.

“Everything trickles down,” Dowling Catholic coach Tom Wilson said. “We as high school coaches are influenced by the college coaches and what they’re doing in their programs.

“I’d like to think that we do a lot of things similar to what the colleges do, but on a lesser scale.”

The bottom line is that if you’re good enough to play, you’ll have an immediate opportunity to prove it.

Whether that’s Campbell’s young-and-progressive mindset coming out — so be it.  He’s paid to win and build a program. The way high school players are trained these days —most, if not all are better prepared than ever for that immediate playing time.

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 or on Twitter at @RandyPete.

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Cyclones add receiver to 2019 recruiting class

A week after Iowa State picked up a commitment from Jake Remsburg, an in-state grab, the Cyclones added D’Shayne James. James is a wide receiver out of Gilbert, Arizona. 

During his junior season at Perry High School, James caught 45 passes for 1,086 yards and snagged 13 touchdowns. The versatility of James was highlighted as he also ran for 312 yards and five touchdowns, while also passing for 251 yards and three touchdowns. 

The 6-foot-2 junior had offers from Northern Arizona and Iowa State. 

James is ranked as the No. 102 receiver in the country, according to 247Sports Composite. He ranks as the No. 11 recruit out of Arizona. James’ commit gives Matt Campbell his second of the 2019 class. 

Source: Iowa State Daily

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Here’s how Matt Campbell’s growing brand could affect Iowa State Cyclones recruiting


Register’s Chris Cuellar looks at Iowa State’s top football prospects for the coming few seasons.

The future of Iowa State recruiting is bright under Matt Campbell.

Before this season, he could only sell recruits on the potential of good years ahead. The Cyclones’ past — riddled with losing seasons since 2009 — certainly wasn’t a recruiting tool.

Now, with monumental wins over Oklahoma and TCU and Campbell under contract until 2023, Iowa State can sell recruits on the program’s palpable buzz and its head coach, whose brand is rapidly growing.

“It’s obviously not in the Urban Meyer/Nick Saban territory. But it is along the lines of Jeff Brohm, Scott Frost — these younger coaches that are improving and building their brand,” Rivals Midwest recruiting analyst Josh Helmholdt told the Register. “I would say the Matt Campbell brand is certainly an asset for Iowa State.”

Campbell proved he was a difference-maker on the recruiting trail long before his historic second year with the Cyclones.

He was hired Nov. 29, 2015. Immediately, he made inroads with 2016 prospects that many considered out of Iowa State’s range — like Sean Foster, Chase Allen and DeShaunte Jones, who appeared bound for other schools until late pushes brought them to Ames.

For the 2017 class, Campbell and his staff landed the program’s best recruiting haul of the past decade.

We’re already seeing an impact on Iowa State’s 2018 recruitment.


Iowa State football coach Matt Campbell says he’s fired up and excited for the Cyclones to play in the Liberty Bowl.
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With the early signing period on the horizon, the Cyclones are a major player for Joseph Scates, a four-star receiver from Ohio with Alabama and West Virginia pursuing him. They’re a serious contender to pry three-star offensive lineman Joey Ramos away from his home-state schools, Arizona and Arizona State. Jeshuan Jones, a highly athletic receiver from Florida, just announced the Cyclones are among his final four, alongside Maryland, Nebraska and Pittsburgh. And Florida Gators receiver pledge Corey Gammage just took an official to Iowa State last weekend.

Should they pick Ames, those four athletes could send Iowa State’s class into the top 50, nationally. 

In the 2019 class, Iowa State is already a contender for four-star receiver Marcus Washington, who’s been offered by a who’s who of Power 5 programs (including Iowa).

“That’s what these kids want to do: They want to play in the big games on the big stage,” Helmholdt said. “They want to play for championships, and Iowa State’s able to sell that now, where they couldn’t legitimately do that in the past.”

247Sports Midwest recruiting analyst Allen Trieu said prospects he talks to are becoming more and more excited about Iowa State. He said the university administration was very smart to lock Campbell down — at least on paper — as soon as it could.

“It’s funny: Just being in the industry and talking to a lot of people that are around recruiting and college football, I think everybody assumed Matt would bolt for the first thing that he got,” Trieu said. “So I think that’s a big part of this, too — the more that I talk to kids, the more that having some trust that the coaches are going to be around is becoming a big factor in recruiting.”

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And the Cyclones’ recruiting wins are expected to continue over the course of Campbell’s tenure. According to 247Sports, they’ve ranked no higher than seventh in Big 12 recruitment in the past decade. That’ll likely change.

But it’s hard to predict just how much, because, frankly, there haven’t been many situations like his. Most coaches in Campbell’s shoes would have left for a program with more prestige.

P.J. Fleck did last year. Frost did this year. Jim McElwain jumped ship from Colorado State to Florida in 2015. James Franklin left Vanderbilt for Penn State in 2014. Get the picture?

You have to go back to the 2006-07 season to find something comparable: Chris Petersen and Boise State. Remember the 2007 Fiesta Bowl? The Broncos’ overtime win against Oklahoma gave birth to the term “BCS buster” and created one of the more memorable moments in the sport’s history.

Petersen stuck with Boise State and, in response, the school gave him a fat, four-year extension in 2010.

And the Broncos’ recruiting wins reached new heights under Petersen. Before their Fiesta Bowl win, they’d secured only 19 three-star recruits since the 2002 class, according to 247Sports. In Petersen’s seven years following the big win, he landed 91, according to 247Sports.

The Campbell-Peterson, Iowa State-Boise State comparison is certainly imperfect. The Mountain West’s recruiting profile is nowhere near the Big 12’s, and the Broncos were able to dominate that conference’s recruiting scene for years after 2007.

But let’s also be honest: Iowa State has dragged along at the bottom of the Big 12 for a long time. So after this pendulum-swinging season, it might not be too far off from where Boise State was in 2007.

The effect on recruiting is certainly comparable. Campbell’s first three recruiting classes (including his contributions to the 2016 class) have been the best of the past decade for Iowa State, with 2018 having the potential to be the best.

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 and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.

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Iowa State football picks up Iowa native Zach Petersen

The early signing period for college football is only two days away, but Zach Petersen decided to make his announcement early as he tweeted out his commitment to Iowa State tonight.

Petersen, a North Scott High School defensive end, is a three-star recruit that has a 0.8366 rating, according to He’s also ranked seventh in the state of Iowa and ranked 68th in the country for strong-side defensive ends. 

“After thinking very long and hard and doing a little praying I am pleased to say that I will be continuing my athletic and academic career at Iowa State University,” Petersen said in his statement on Twitter. 

Petersen recorded 16 tackles for loss and 10 solo sacks on the season at North Scott. 

He also received offers from Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota and Big 12 rival Kansas State. 

Petersen is not the only family member to play football at Iowa State as his father, Troy Petersen, played nose tackle with the Cyclones from 1991-94. 

Source: Iowa State Daily

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Cyclones land North Scott DE Zach Petersen, Iowa’s fastest-rising prospect


Iowa State football coach Matt Campbell says he’s fired up and excited for the Cyclones to play in the Liberty Bowl.
Kelsey Kremer/The Register

Iowa State has picked up the fastest-rising recruit in the state of Iowa.

North Scott defensive end Zach Petersen, a three-star prospect who had racked up five Power 5 offers in the past month, committed to the Cyclones on Monday night. He announced his decision via Twitter.

“After thinking very long and hard and doing a little praying I am very pleased to say that I will be continuing my athletic and academic career at Iowa State University,” Petersen wrote.

Petersen amassed 16 solo tackles for loss and 10 solo sacks this season, earning him a spot on the Register’s All-Iowa Elite Team.

More: North Scott DE Zach Petersen’s hectic, late-blooming recruitment

His Iowa State offer was originally a grayshirt, but it was changed to an immediate scholarship, according to 247Sports

The Cyclones offered during an in-home visit Dec. 6. They were his third Division I offer.

In the past month, Petersen racked up five Power 5 offers, 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. On Monday night, he picked Iowa State over Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and Kansas State.

Petersen took official visits to Iowa State, Illinois and Kansas State. Those three were considered the favorites to land him.

Chatter around Petersen’s recruitment suggested Iowa was out of the picture, largely due to its lack of an agriculture program. Iowa State boasts one of the best agriculture programs in the country.

Petersen’s dad, Troy Petersen, played nose tackle for Iowa State in the early 1990s.

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 and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.

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Notebook: Cyclones face one final test before holiday break

Iowa State men’s basketball coach Steve Prohm, senior guard Donovan Jackson and redshirt freshman forward Cameron Lard met with the media Monday to preview the upcoming game against Maryland Eastern Shore.

Talley Jr., Long still out with injuries

Redshirt junior forward Zoran Talley Jr. has missed four straight games with a stress fracture in his left foot. On Dec. 5, he was ruled out indefinitely and Prohm told the media Talley Jr. would be reevaluated after the holiday break.

Jakolby Long has also missed time, but his injury is different. The sophomore guard is dealing with concussion symptoms after he took an elbow to the head in practice over Thanksgiving break.

“We’re at eight [healthy players] right now,” Prohm said. “We’ll be at eight for sure on Wednesday. We’ll evaluate when we get back. I would think Jakolby [Long] is back full-go 5-on-5 when we get back on the 26th.”

After scoring just 11 points all of last season, Long exploded for a career-high 17 points in a win over Tulsa on Nov. 17. In the team’s six games since then, Long has played just seven minutes and missed four games.

Iowa State hasn’t missed them too much on game day, since the Cyclones are currently riding an eight-game winning streak, but having a limited number of players in practice has hurt the team.


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Iowa State head coach Steve Prohm questions a call by an official during the game against Western Illinois on Nov. 25.

Long should be ready to go for the Big 12 opener on Dec. 29 when Kansas State comes to town. Talley Jr. will be reevaluated on Dec. 26 or 27, per Prohm.

Cyclones battling to stay focused on Maryland Eastern Shore

The last game before players go home for Christmas is often a tough one. Not because of the opponent — Maryland Eastern Shore, Wednesday’s opponent, is currently 3-9 with four losses by 40 or more points — but because of the players’ desire to go home for the first time in months.

“The last game before the holidays is always a tough one,” Jackson said. “Everybody’s ready to go home. It’s probably not going to be that big of a crowd. You’ve just got to be ready and locked in.”



Iowa State senior Donovan Jackson takes a contested shot during the first half against UNI as part of the Hy-Vee Classic.

Maryland Eastern Shore comes into the game ranked No. 344 out of 351 Division I teams according to (as of Monday).

The Hawks lost both of their last two games, at Virginia Tech and Creighton. They were outscored by a combined score of 180-76.

“We’ve just got to come in here and be ready to play,” Jackson said. “I don’t think there’s going to be anybody here. But we should still have fun with it.”

Source: Iowa State Daily

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Freshmen guards spark Cyclone victory over UC-Riverside



Members of the Iowa State Basketball Team defend a rebound during the Iowa State Vs UC Riverside basketball game Dec 17. The Cyclones Defeated Riverside 89-66

At times this year, freshmen guards Madison Wise and Rae Johnson have completely disappeared from games.

But on Sunday afternoon, with star guard Bridget Carleton only going 3-of-14 from the field, the freshmen guards stole the show for the Cyclones.

Wise and Johnson combined to score 33 points in Iowa State’s 89-66 win over the UC Riverside Highlanders, bringing the Cyclones to 5-5 on the year and continuing to build momentum heading into Big 12 play.



Members of the Iowa State Basketball Team wait on the sidelines to go back in during the Iowa State Vs UC Riverside basketball game Dec 17. The Cyclones Defeated Riverside 89-66

Coach Bill Fennelly was surprised by who starred against the Highlanders.

“You can’t discount the role that they played in this game,” Fennelly said. “Emily [Durr] and Bridget [Carleton] struggled to shoot today but those kids stepped up.”

Wise was a starter for the seventh time this season, sharing ball-handling responsibilities with senior guard Emily Durr and Carleton from the opening tip. As Iowa State got off to a slow start, Wise provided a spark with her willingness to drive to the hoop and get out in transition. She had 10 points in the first half as the Cyclones built a 43-32 lead.

Carleton failed to score in the second half and finished with a season-low 10 points. Durr shot 1-for-4 and had three points in 21 minutes. 



Freshman Forward Madison Wise scraps for the ball during the Iowa State Vs UC Riverside basketball game Dec 17. The Cyclones Defeated Riverside 89-66

Wise was happy to step up and take some of the weight off of Carleton and called on her fellow freshmen to keep performing.

“We need to show up,” Wise said. “We can’t play like freshmen anymore, we’re nine games in.”

The Cyclones shot 44.1 percent from the floor and once again had 20-plus assists as a team, with 23 of 30 made shots being assisted, and Johnson led the team with a career-high nine assists. The Cyclones also had a season-low 10 turnovers.

Johnson, a native of Albertville, Minn., came off the bench to score 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting. Johnson has had her fair share of struggles this year, being held scoreless in three of the Cyclones’ games this year. She has only eclipsed five points three times this year, and before Sunday’s game she was shooting 6-of-26 from three.

She went 4-for-5 from deep on Sunday.

Coach Bill Fennelly was delighted with Johnson’s performance, and reminded the media why Johnson was a highly-touted point guard coming out of high school.



Freshman Guard Rae Johnson dribbles down the court during the Iowa State Vs UC Riverside basketball game Dec 17. The Cyclones Defeated Riverside 89-66

“I think this was very important for Rae,” Fennelly said. “She spreads the court.

“Her history is as a shot maker, not just a shot taker.”

Her career night was a big part of the Cyclones’ 44 bench points.

After a slow start which saw UC Riverside take an early lead, the Cyclones were active the rest of the way on the defensive end, turning over the Highlanders 19 times and blocking eight shots. Johnson had five steals of her own and Wise contributed a block.

The Cyclones then broke out in transition and scored 20 points off of Riverside turnovers.

Wise challenged her team to defend at their second-half level from start to finish in future games.

“We need to come in mentally more prepared,” Wise said. “That was big in the second half, [but] going forward we need to come in like that from the get go.”

In a team without a true second option, different players are bound to make their mark, especially in games that Iowa State expects to win. Heading into a difficult Big 12 schedule, newcomers consistently producing would do wonders for Iowa State’s postseason chances.

Johnson is hoping to use her performance to contribute more going forward.

“It for sure gives me confidence,” Johnson said.

Tonight, the Cyclones’ youth movement took another step forward.

Source: Iowa State Daily

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Peterson: Buy or sell — Iowa State is in the NCAA Tournament conversation


The Cyclone coach called the win over the hot Panthers a big one.
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Iowa State is better than I anticipated.

There, I said it.

Maybe 6-4 heading into the final week before the Big 12 invades Hilton Coliseum on Dec. 29 and Jan. 1, but 8-2 and trending?

Heck, throw the still-incomprehensible Milwaukee debacle that happened more than a month ago into the win column, and Steve Prohm’s bunch is 9-1 and maybe bumping the bottom of the Top 25.

Saturday’s 76-65 victory against a good Northern Iowa outfit that can win the Missouri Valley Conference was Iowa State’s best of the season. It was the kind of success that the NCAA Tournament selection committee might look at for separation when considering at-large selections.

“We beat a really good team — a really well-coached team,” Prohm said. “We beat a great opponent that had been playing really well and had some good wins.

“This was great for our team.”

The Panthers’ RPI heading into Saturday’s game in the Hy-Vee Classic was 18, according to ESPN, after solid successes against SMU, North Carolina State, UNLV and Texas-Arlington.

Iowa State players and coaching staff woke up Sunday with a No. 22 RPI — fifth-best among Big 12 teams, and up 16 spots from its previous ranking, according to the website.

“This (victory) is one that, at the end of the year, if you can continue to get better and do good things — you look back and say that was a very, very good win,” Prohm said after Saturday’s game.

The Cyclones should be 9-2 after Wednesday’s 6 p.m. Hilton game against a 3-9 Maryland-Eastern Shore outfit that most recently lost by 51 at Creighton.

Then it’s the grinder also known as an 18-game Big 12 Conference schedule that starts Dec. 29 at home against 9-2 Kansas State, and follows up with a Jan. 1 showing at home against 7-3 Texas, a Jan. 6 matchup at 8-2 Oklahoma State, and then a Jan. 9 stop at 8-2 Kansas.

The Big 12 checked in Sunday with the nation’s No. 1 RPI after Saturday’s round of games that included:

Oklahoma over third-ranked Wichita State.

Oklahoma State upsetting No. 19 Florida State in Florida…

And Iowa State’s eighth win in a row since Nick Weiler-Babb became the point guard.

It’s a story that’s been told repeatedly. Nonetheless, it’s still the program’s most defining moment since Prohm and his staff secured Lindell Wigginton’s national letter of intent signature.

“Coming into this season, Coach said I was going to have to be a leader, but this is kind of the extreme of what I thought,” Weiler-Babb said. “It feels good to be in this position.

“Coach put me in this position, and I’m going to do what I have to do to win.”

One move — many positives.

Wigginton is averaging 18.6 points since then, and that includes four 20-point games. The super freshman is shooting 50.9 percent over that period — including 50 percent from three-point range.

Also since Weiler-Babb took over the team, Donovan Jackson is averaging 19.5 points — and he’s made 43.8 percent of his three-point shots.

Weiler-Babb, since becoming the full-time point guard, is averaging 13.1 points and 8.8 assists.

Just about the time you thought the Cyclones would be taking a vacation from hanging out in the past six NCAA Tournaments, Prohm makes a genius position switch that, so far, has worked out.

NCAA Tournament conversation?

Buy or sell?

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 or on Twitter at @RandyPete.

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Three Takeaways: Post production growing, Iowa State controls tempo, a second half team



Iowa State junior Nick Weiler-Babb takes a jump shot in the first half against UNI at the Hy-Vee Classic in Wells Fargo Arena.

DES MOINES – Iowa State continued its winning streak with a 76-65 win against Northern Iowa on Dec. 16 in the Hy-Vee Classic at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

This win was one of the biggest wins for the Cyclones on their non-conference schedule this season. Here’s a few takeaways from the win and what to look forward to in the future.

Strong post production

Early on in the season, coach Steve Prohm depended on his three key guards (Lindell Wigginton, Donovan Jackson and Nick Weiler-Babb) to score the majority of points during a game. Now, he doesn’t have to depend because Iowa State’s post play has continued to grow over the past few games.

Tonight, Iowa State’s four post players (Solomon Young, Jeff Beverly, Cameron Lard and Hans Brase) combined for 31 of the 76 points, 40.7 percent of the total points. They even found themselves shooting 3-pointers against Northern Iowa.

Young went 1-for-2 from the 3-point line, while Brase went 1-for-4 and Beverly went 2-for-2. This production from behind the arc is crucial to Iowa State’s success this season because the team can’t just depend on the guards to score outside the paint.

This post production started coming to life once Lard showed his dominance in the post and Brase came back from his ACL injury.

Not only did these four players contribute on the points side, but they also helped in the rebound category too. All of them combined for 19 of the 42 rebounds.

The Iowa State players are starting to learn each other’s roles on the team and that has allowed the post production to grow substantially over the past couple of games.

“The post players have stepped up in their production on the court,” Weiler-Babb said. “It’s nice to see this team have threats in all five positions with multiple strengths from each player.”



Iowa State senior Jeff Beverly contests a UNI jump shot during the second half in Wells Fargo Arena.

Iowa State handled the tempo

Coming into the game against Northern Iowa, the Panthers were ranked 350th out of 351 teams in Division I basketball regarding tempo of the game. Northern Iowa plays a slow game, which means it allows itself to run the shot clock down.

The tempo was one of the biggest discussions coming into the game and Iowa State made sure to establish its tempo early. The first couple of minutes, the Cyclones pushed the ball down the floor and found a couple of baskets to lead 5-0 early.

After that lead, Iowa State pushed too hard to dominant the tempo and it resulted in a lot of missed shots and the lead being pulled away by Northern Iowa.



Iowa State junior Nick Weiler-Babb drives toward the hoop during the first half against UNI in Wells Fargo Arena.

Once the Cyclones came back to the court after halftime, they not only established their tempo again, but controlled that tempo the majority of the second half. Northern Iowa couldn’t stop Iowa State when it came to fast break points and finding the open player on every possession in the second half.

“This was a good win for these guys,” Prohm said. “This was a challenge for these guys. They needed to step up in this environment, neutral floor, and beat a good team.

[We wanted them to] not get frustrated about the way they’re defending us, continue to get ball movement. The one thing we did was put pressure on the rim and I thought that was a big key.”

Now, Iowa State will need to take what it learned from this game and apply it to the game against Maryland Eastern Shore on Dec. 20 because the Hawks are the 351st team in average possession length. They are slower than Northern Iowa.



Iowa State sophomore Solomon Young contests a shot during the second half against UNI in Wells Fargo Arena. The Cyclones won, 76-65.

Second half team

During this eight-game winning streak, Iowa State has been a dominant team in the second half. It’s shown not only in the win against Northern Iowa, but in the past number of games.

The Cyclones keep the game close during the first half and then become an entirely new team in the second half.

Iowa State is averaging 46.5 points per second half during these last eight games compared to a 36.1-point average in the first half. The Cyclones have scored 40 second half points or more in seven of the eight games during their winning streak. They’ve also reached over 50 points twice.



Iowa State freshman Lindell Wigginton takes a jump shot during the first half against UNI in Wells Fargo Arena.

In the win against the Panthers, Iowa State shot 32.4 percent from the field in the first half. The second half was completely different as it shot 58.3 percent. It’s been a consistent theme for Iowa State to hit another gear in the second half to finish the game strong and dominant.

Prohm said he doesn’t believe in a second half team philosophy, but he does realize the team is playing better in the second half compared to the first. Now, the focus is on making the team better over the entire course of a game.

“We have been better in the second half and I don’t know why that is,” Prohm said. “I’d love to be a first half and second half team.”

Source: Iowa State Daily

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