Iowa State just finished up a trip in Italy, going 4-0 against lower-level professional teams. This specific foreign trip is more interesting than most because of the number of Cyclone transfers seeing some of their first non-practice playing time.
The Des Moines Register posted stats from the games and they are probably worse predictors than those from a scrimmage or pick-up game. But it’s a slow period for college basketball so let’s take a look at them.
Minnesota transfer and former McDonald’s All-American Royce White apparently already has generated some considerable excitement among some I-State fans. The people already placing him on the Mt. Rushmore of Cyclone hoops alongside Fred Hoiberg, Jamaal Tinsley, Marcus Fizer and others can remain excited based on White’s work in Italy.
The forward averaged (somewhat) close to a triple double, putting up per game averages of 11.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 6.3 assists. He did this going 23-34 (67.6%) from the field.
The Cyclones have a lot of needs this upcoming season, but replacing the production Diante Garrett gave them at point guard is a big one. Former Michigan State guard Chris Allen will have a chance to fill the void left by Garrett. In terms of handling the ball, Allen’s middle two games of the stretch were concerning as he had 1.0 turnover/assist ratio (2-2, 3-3). But Allen finished strong with a 5-0 performance.
Click here to see the virtually meaningless stats in their entirety.