Iowa State's run to the third round of the NCAA Tournament was fueled by Royce White, a transfer who parlayed his outstanding sophomore season into becoming a first-round NBA draft pick.
The Cyclones, who have become a home for transfers, have to replace White, Scott Christopherson and Chris Allen from last year's 23-11 team. But another player who sat out last season while fulfilling NCAA transfer rules is giving indications that he might become a key factor by giving Iowa State an explosive scorer.
Will Clyburn transferred from Utah. This summer, playing in the YMCA/Capital City League - a league that White dominated last season - Clyburn had back to back games of 48 and 63 points. That's right. Sixty three points. Clyburn was 38-of-60 from the field including 7-of-19 from 3-point range. Obviously, he won't be firing up 30 shots a game this season but the numbers are impressive.
Before you think that Clyburn was matching up against a bunch of over-the-hill-never-weres like Your Humble Correspondent, the Cap City League has plenty of college and high school players. And White said he's not surprised that Clyburn put up some big numbers.
"He's a great scorer, and he's going to score whether the opponent is playing defense or not," White told the Des Moines Register. "He's a wing guy with a great shot, but he's also got some moves around the basket. I can't wait to see him play."
Clyburn, of Romulus, Mich., was a second-team all-Mountain West selection after averaging 17.1 points and 7.8 rebounds in the 2010-11 season.
adds Anrio Adams
Here's a name to keep in mind for Big 12 defending champion Kansas: Anrio Adams.
A 6-3, 185-pound guard from Seattle, Adams was ranked as the 98th-best prospect in high school basketball last season. Adams committed to the Jayhawks last fall but didn't officially sign with the school. He needed to become academically eligible and Kansas will wait to find out if he gets an OK from the NCAA Clearinghouse.
Adams' high school coach compares his player to Dwyane Wade and Adams says he has tried to emulate the Miami Heat star's game.
"Anrio's best basketball is ahead of him," said Mike Bethea, Adams' coach at Seattle Rainier Beach High School. "He has a ton of talent and with him going to KU and listening to coach Self and the coaching staff, the sky is the limit."
Adams figures to fit in well on a KU team that will be loaded with talented freshmen.
"He can handle like a one (point guard). He can score like a two (shooting guard)," Kansas coach Self said of Adams. "His mindset will be more to score. He's a really good athlete. I think he'll give us an element of toughness, too. He's a good player. He's capable of being an elite guard."
appeal decision key for TCU
According to Andy Katz of ESPN.com, TCU is working on an appeals process that, if successful, would give the Horned Frogs a boost. Here's what Katz wrote in one of his recent 3-Point Shot offerings:
TCU coach Trent Johnson said the Horned Frogs are going through an appeals process to get Arkansas transfer Devonta Abron eligible for the upcoming season. Johnson said the reason Abron came back to his native Texas was to be closer to his daughter and that there were health issues with his guardian. "We're waiting to see what happens, we're waiting on the NCAA,'' said Johnson.
Abron, who is from the Dallas area, would be an impact player for the Horned Frogs in their first season in the Big 12. The 6-foot-8 forward from Seagoville High played in 32 games for Arkansas, starting 22, and averaging 5.7 points and 4.2 boards a game. Abron's high was a 16-board game in a loss at UConn.