George Conditt IV talks about the best game of his young career so far
Tommy Birch, email@example.com
AMES, Ia. — George Conditt IV’s goal is simple: Whenever he’s on the floor, he tries to bring as much energy and excitement as he can into the game to pump up his team. He believes that energy, more than anything, can make an impact on his team.
Conditt brought more energy, more excitement and, most shockingly, more efficiency than anyone else on the floor for Iowa State Saturday. In fact, he was one of the few bright spots in No. 21 Iowa State’s 58-57 loss to Kansas State.
“I just tried to come out there and put that energy, put that vibe out there that I want to win and I want to continue to play hard,” Conditt said. “So that’s what I did.”
Conditt was better at it than anyone else on the floor for Iowa State Saturday. He finished with a career-high nine points on 4-for-4 shooting, grabbed four rebounds and tallied two blocks. He also had big dunks in two key moments, the first tying the game 46-46 with 8 minutes and 28 seconds remaining. The second was part of a 9-0 run that ended with Iowa State taking a 55-48 lead.
“He played great,” said Iowa State coach Steve Prohm. “He was terrific for us.”
Prohm was so impressed with Conditt’s play Saturday that he admitted he should have stuck with the freshman late in the game. With Iowa State nursing a three-point lead with 2:03 left to play, Prohm opted to sit Conditt for Jacobson. Prohm said the move was made to give the Cyclones more offense. He thought he could get that with Jacobson. But the move backfired with Kansas State attacking the hoop without Conditt in the game, even getting an easy layup by Barry Brown with four seconds remaining to take the lead for good.
“I went offense for defense there,” Prohm said. “And I probably should have just stayed true to defense right there because George, what he does is, he helps protect the rim.”
The Cyclones will need more of it. Cameron Lard missed Saturday’s game with a sprained ankle. And to make matters worse, Solomon Young sat out and has decided to seek a medical redshirt for a groin injury. That meant that Conditt, who entered Saturday’s game averaging just 8.3 minutes per game, was going to have to play more. Despite the inexperience, Prohm said he had complete faith in Conditt handling the added responsibility.
“I knew George was going to have to step up for us and he’s played well all season,” Prohm said. “He’s played really well all season long.”
The Cyclones may need more out of him than ever though. But Saturday showed that Conditt is ready for the expanded role.
“It just builds my confidence,” Conditt said. “It shows me that I can do a lot. But at the same time, it humbles me. It makes me want to keep going and keep getting better.”
That’s why he keeps things simple on the floor. And it starts with those simple goals he has and how he tries to impact his team.
“Every time I step on the floor, I try to bring as much energy as I can…that’s my main goal,” he said. “If I play with energy, I feel like the team becomes better.”
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Source: Des Moines Register