Two transfers are coming to Iowa State on an official visit this weekend, and if he manages to snag them, head coach Fred Hoiberg will have found a couple more very talented guys.
The first is Boston College transfer Ryan Anderson, a 6-foot-8 forward who put up 14.3 points and 7.3 rebounds a game. He could add to the ranks of Dustin Hogue and Marquette transfer Jameel McKay. The BC transfer will have one year of eligibility left after sitting out next season if he chooses Iowa State. The Cyclones are one of three schools Anderson plans to visit in early May, with Indiana and Arizona being the other two.
The second is Oregon State transfer Hallice Cooke, who averaged 8.2 points a game as a freshman, and would thus have three years of eligibility left if he chose to play for Hoiberg.
The 6-foot-3 guard only recently announced his intent to transfer, and Hoiberg made sure Iowa State was the first school to contact him. Cooke displayed excellent ability from downtown, shooting 46 percent last season. He could be an excellent threat off the bench to add to the likes of Naz Long and Matt Thomas.
In a recent interview, Cooke said, “I feel like that (Iowa State) coaching staff knows how to develop players…I want to give myself an opportunity to win.”
Cooke will definitely get that opportunity from Hoiberg, who has turned the basketball program around immensely, bringing Iowa State to its first Sweet 16 game since 2000.
Iowa State has been in contact with Cooke daily, indicating a very strong interest in bringing the young sharpshooter into the program. And with two scholarships available, things are looking up for Fred Hoiberg and company.
Fred Hoiberg’s staff has been busy early in this offseason, trying to snag the best transfers out there. Cooke and Anderson would make great additions to Hoiberg’s already impressive squad.
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