Iowa State senior Melvin Ejim is interviewed during media day on Thursday in Ames.
AMES, Iowa (KTIV) -
Iowa State's men's basketball team has made back to back appearances in the NCAA tournament for the first time in 12 years. The Cyclones lost three senior starters off last season's team that went 23-12.
Few coaches have embraced senior transfers like Fred Hoiberg. He might have one of his best ones yet in former Marshall point guard DeAndre Kane.
He averaged 15 points and seven assists last season and at 6'4" says he can play either guard or small forward
The Cyclones returning starters are senior Melvin Ejim, who led the Big 12 in rebounding and sophomore Georges Niang, who made the Big 12 all-rookie team.
ISU was picked fourth in the Big 12 preseason poll.
"To be honest with you I think they picked those top three teams, Kansas, Okie State and Baylor and the threw the rest of us in a hat and just drew them out," said ISU head coach Fred Hoiberg. "You lose as much as we did, there's so much to replace. I love the mentality of our players right now and I know they want to go out and have a great year."
"I feel that confidence-wise I feel very good," said ISU senior Melvin Ejim. "I'm pretty sure a lot of the guys that have seen it and tasted it, like Georges, want to get back at it."
"We got to taste success a little bit last year and I know we want more coming up in the years ahead," said ISU sophomore Georges Niang. "We're excited to kick off this year and we're in here every day working hard to achieve those goals that we have."
Iowa State opens up November 10th against UNC-Wilmington.
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