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Cy’s cardinal and gold for Clyburn

Former Marshalltown Community College standout to join Hoiberg, ISU

April 13, 2011
By TRAVIS HINES - Sports Writer (thines@timesrepublican.com) , Times-Republican

Turns out, Will Clyburn doesn't need that visit to Iowa State.

He's already sold on the Cyclones.

The former Utah Ute and Marshalltown Community College standout has committed to the ISU men's basketball program, Clyburn told the Times-Republican in a phone interview on Tuesday evening.

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Utah forward Will Clyburn dunks the ball against San Diego State during the first half of an NCAA men’s basketball game Jan. 8 in Salt Lake City. Clyburn, who played two seasons at Marshalltown Community College, will join head coach Fred Hoiberg and the Iowa State Cyclones after leaving Utah.

"I kind of had it figured out for a while now," said Clyburn, who was released from his scholarship from Utah last week after the Utes replaced fired head coach Jim Boylen, who had recruited Clyburn out of MCC.

"I knew where (ISU's) program is headed," the 6-foot-7 swingman said, "so that kind of sold me.

"And they kind of had me sold awhile ago."

Clyburn is unlikely to be eligible next season under NCAA transfer rules. He will have one season of eligibility remaining for the 2012-13 season.

The year in the weight room and on the practice floor is something Clyburn isn't shying away from.

Especially considering he gave serious consideration to redshirting during the recruitment process a year ago.

"I'm looking forward to it, it doesn't scare me at all," said Clyburn. "It just gives me time to work on my body and my skill level."

Welcoming transfers is nothing new for Iowa State.

ISU had six players transfer in last season, with five being forced to sit out the year.

Now with Clyburn and former Michigan State guard Korie Lucius in the fold, head coach Fred Hoiberg has brought in eight Division I transfers despite being still two weeks shy of the one-year mark of his tenure at his alma mater.

Clyburn, who is yet to officially sign with ISU, will still make his scheduled trip to Ames on Friday, when he plans to ink his financial aid agreement.

The Detroit native made no visits to any other schools, though he did draw heavy interest from around the country.

"I don't think a lot of schools would wait for me (to make a decision)," said Clyburn. "I just felt like (Iowa State) was the right place for me."

Making the move back to the midwest means Clyburn will be closer to his family in Detroit, one of the goals of his transfer.

In fact, he'll be only a short car ride away from his brother, Terrell, who plans to attend MCC next year.

Iowa State made a play for Clyburn a year ago. Then-head coach Greg McDermott is now at Creighton, but lead recruiter T.J. Otzelberger remains on at ISU.

Despite making the move to take ISU up on its offer the second time around, Clyburn doesn't second-guess his choice to head west.

"I don't regret my decision going to Utah. Everything happens for a reason I think," Clyburn said. "I didn't have a successful season like I wanted to (at Utah), but I did a lot of good things."

But it was by all accounts a successful season for Clyburn. He averaged 17.1 points and 7.8 rebounds per game and was named a second-team all-Mountain West Conference performer.

The only area that came up short was the won-loss record. The Utes posted a 13-18 record, which ultimately cost Boylen his job.

With the influx of talent Hoiberg has brought to Ames, Clyburn doesn't expect a repeat of the losing season he spent in Salt Lake City.

"I feel like they can be a real contender in the Big 12 with the pieces they have now and the pieces they're adding," he said.

 
 

 

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