I will surprised if Thomas doesn't start day 1.
If Percy starts, I think:
1 - Morris
2 - Thomas
3 - Ejim
4 - Niang
5 - Gibson
But I think more likely it'll be:
1 - Morris
2 - Thomas
3 - Hogue OR Dorsey-Walker
4 - Ejim
5 - Niang
Like many have said, I expect Bubu to start at first, similar to how Booker started this year over Georges. I think Morris will start come conference play.
I really don't know much about Hogue, but it seems like CFH is pretty high on SDW from what I've heard. I would love to see him step in and start. We will be young and have some growing pains for sure, but the future would be very bright.
I salivate a bit over what our lineup will look like in 2014-2015 if we were to land Vaughn.
I have never seen Bluford play, but I think trying to fill a role player spot (side note: McGee is not a role player in my opinion -- just too good) with a JuCo is a great idea. I don't expect him to be near as good as McGee, but I could see his as a guy that shoots the 3pt at a 35-40% rate, creates and/or defends (who knows) a bit more than McGee and be an very valuable player off the bench.
When you're not UNC, Duke, etc., I kind of like the idea of having a 2-4 player core and supplementing with Juco role player talent that is more ready to play than freshman. It seems really mercenary, but I think a team can really win with it. Just look at ISUs great teams under Floyd/Eustachy.
Amardi is interesting if its true he owned our bigs playing with them...
After Thomas and Morris I am most excited for Amardi. It's no secret that he can jump out of the gym. He will be a good rebounder and when I saw him play he had atleast 5 blocks. He may not lead the team in dunks next year but he will be our best athlete. He has a solid shot but won't be too much of a threat. I don't think you can leave him wide open though either.
Bluford coming off the bench in his own words as reported in the "Iowa State Daily".
Bluford, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound shooting guard from Northeast Nebraska Community College, says he likes to think that he can play like Iowa State's Tyrus McGee.
"Someone that's going to come in and play hard and make shots," Bluford said.
Well if Amardi is the most athletic on the team, but needs work on his shot... I have a pretty good idea on who can help him!
National Letter of Intent Home Page
Edozie committed on Nov 26th but this article says he signed already:
Daniel Edozie Signs With The Cyclones - Iowa State University Athletics Official Web Site - www.CYCLONES.com - The home of Iowa State Cyclone Sports
Thomas, Morris, Hogue, and Amardi have all signed as well.
Yahoo Sports: Rivals.com 2013 Iowa St. Commitments
At the beginning of the year I see:
At the end of the year I'm thinking our best line-up will be:
*I would have no problem if Bubu is our PG all year. He can defend, drive and draw fouls or kick out, and I think with confidence he could shoot and run our offense well. If Monte beats him out, that's awesome.
*With only one year to play, I think the plans for Amardi are for him to contribute significantly. If he can hold down the middle, that solves the foul pressure we've had on Mel, Georges.
*Lots of folks are thinking MT will start, but SDW is reportedly very solid, has a year in the system, and a year in the SC program.
Okoro will start
Nice to have a bench full of capable players and pieces that fit. Very different (and better) than the situation we had five years ago, IMO!
Everybody seems to be forgetting about Naz...