AMES, Iowa (KTIV) — Iowa State’s basketball team will look much different this season. The Cyclones lost three starters and six key contributors from last season’s team that won the Big 12 tournament.
Sophomore point guard Tyrese Haliburton is the team’s leader after starting all but one game last season. He was second in minutes and was fifth in the Big 12 in assists. Nebraska transfer Michael Jacobson started every game. Solomon Young was a starter two years ago, but took a medical redshirt last season.
Iowa State went out in round one of the NCAA tourney last March.
“We had a good year but I think that everyone feels like it could have been better,” said Jacobson. “I think it’s one of those things that’s in the back of our mind and definitely use it as fuel and motivation for this year and it’s something we want to push deeper this year.”
“I really think we can do some great things,” said Haliburton. “I think we’re a better team than we were a year ago. Probably not as talented but I think we’re a more cohesive unity and I think we can be really good.”
The Cyclones are seventh in the Big 12 coaches poll. ISU has non-conference games with Oregon State, Michigan, Iowa and Seton Hall.