McGee, Sledge, Niang. If I'm not mistaken, Hoiberg has taken the lead on these players (with some help obviously), and at one time or another, went on record to say he "really wanted them.". Well, he got them.
Kudos to him. I imagine in the back of most minds (including mine) that when he began the pursuit of McGee, I wasn't sure about a JUCO. That was before the season that McGee put up fantastic numbers, showing great improvement on his outside shot. This attracted the first team JUCO all-American award.
Next up was Sledge. Why pursue such a diminuitive guard? Well, I think we see after his SR. year why... 41 pts in a game is why.
Most recently, this Niang fellow... George... with an "s". I believe I remember more than a few skeptical posters (after reading no more than the ESPN scouting report) that this would be a "waste of a scholarship". Then, he absolutely blew up - showed improvement in his handle and outside shooting. Now lots of high-majors sniff around, but the relationship is solid- says "he would have chosen ISU no matter who offered - why wait..."
My point here is: in all cases, CFH arrived early to the party, and made it well known he wanted these guys. Hoiberg still has his biggest test ahead of him: coaching talent + ego. but, he has definitely already shown he can recruit. Next up: Okoro.