“I’ll give you the things that stood out: The humbleness stood out to me and, certainly, when you see him on the court, the burst, the athleticism, his ability to play at the rim,” Crean said.
The two stars likely will be matched up today. And Wyatt, coming off a 31-point game against North Carolina State, welcomes the challenge.
“He’s a good defender, but, I mean, he’s not the first good defender (I’ve seen),” he said.
Great start: Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg is in his third season, and the former Cyclones star has become so popular around Ames, Iowa, that he's known as "The Mayor."
He played 10 years in the NBA, and those credentials have helped attract players. Asked if there’s a program he’d like to emulate, Hoiberg said: “Kentucky. No, I’m just kidding.”
He added: “We’re just going to try to build it the best we can. When I got the job a couple of years ago, the biggest thing I wanted to do is to get as much talent as possible in the program where we can compete at the Big 12 level, which is, I think, the most athletic conference in the country, and it happened to be with a lot of transfers my first two years. Now, we’re starting to build it with four-year players.”
Snow coming: Although the region is expecting 5-9 inches of snow today through Monday, the games will be played as scheduled, the NCAA said.