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Iowa State hopes more transfers can lead hoops team

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Will Clyburn and Korey Lucious are two prominent transfers for the Iowa State basketball team. Will Clyburn and Korey Lucious are two prominent transfers for the Iowa State basketball team.

It didn't take Fred Hoiberg long to reclaim some magic at Iowa State. After going 16-16 in his first season 'The Mayor' led the Cyclones to a 23-11 record last season and a spot in the NCAA tournament for the first time in seven years.

The question at media day in Ames, what's next? Iowa State lost All-American Royce White to the NBA, but return plenty of talent.

Seniors Chris Babb, Anthony Booker and Tyrus McGee are all back, along with junior Melvin Ejim.

Former Michigan State point guard Korie Lucious will run the show and ex-Utah forward Will Clyburn, who averaged 17 points a game for the Utes, can play almost anywhere.

After a year of sitting out, the new guys can't wait to play.

"Any competitor that's been away from anything they love doing for so long, it's going to get hard for them," said Lucious. "But having Will be there at the same time with me, it was a lot of help."

"I expect big things out of Will and Corey," said Hoiberg. "Corey gives us that point guard that we didn't have a year ago. We'll be able to play very fast with Corey, with the ball in his hands. Will will be our most versatile player. At 6-7, he can play the '2', he can play the '4'. You can put the ball in his hands some. I think he's an elite rebounder."

Iowa State will play 13 games against NCAA tournament teams. The first game is against Southern on November 9th. The first conference game is at Kansas on January 9th.

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