Iowa State’s offense is thriving with Nick Weiler-Babb at PG

Sometimes, change is good.

That’s especially true for Steve Prohm and the Iowa State Cyclones basketball program.

Iowa State opened the 2017 season by handing the reins to the offense to 4-star freshman guard Lindell Wiggington. The result was an 0-2 start due to an offense that struggles mightily to find success scoring the ball. Such deficiencies prompted a change from Prohm, who placed junior Nick Weiler-Babb in Wiggington’s place at point guard, and the different thus far has been palpable, as noted by college basketball analyst Jon Rothstein.

“Iowa State is averaging 83.6 points since shifting Nick Weiler-Babb to point guard,” Rothstein said. “The Cyclones averaged just 57.5 points in the two games prior. Steve Prohm’s squad is 7-0 since making the switch at the most important position on the floor.”

Since switching to point guard beginning with the Appalachian State game, Weiler-Babb is averaging 12.9 points per game, and more notably, 9.4 assists per game, including four double-digit assist performances.

Now riding a seven-game winning streak with Weiler-Babb running the show, Iowa State will close out its non-conference slate throughout the next week against Northern Iowa on Saturday and Maryland-Eastern Shore next Wednesday. If all goes according to plan, the Cyclones seven-game winning streak will be up to nine by that point, and if that proves true, it will have much to do with the switch to Weiler-Babb at point guard.

Collectively, Weiler-Babb is averaging 12.8 points and 7.9 assists per game this season after averaging just 4 points and 1.6 assists in 2016-17. Weiler-Babb’s 7.9 assists currently rank No. 2 in the Big 12 and No. 5 in all of college basketball. and his 9.4 assists per game average since switching to point guard would tie for the best in the nation with UT-Arlington’s Erick Neal.

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