Good news, bad news for ISU hoops
AMES – One of the rare setbacks Iowa State suffered last season came in February, when five-star prep shooting guard Rashad Vaughn chose UNLV over the Cyclones.
Iowa State has responded by giving a scholarship it had earmarked for Vaughn to Bryce Dejean-Jones – the leading scorer for the Runnin’ Rebels last season.
Dejean-Jones, a graduate transfer with one year of eligibility left, said Sunday he plans to play his final season at Iowa State.
Dejean-Jones, a shooting guard who averaged 13.6 points a game last season, told The Associated Press in a phone interview on Sunday he decided Iowa State was the right fit after visiting Ames over the weekend.
“I just felt comfortable with everything about Iowa State,” Dejean-Jones said. “I really liked it, and I decided that’s where I want to play.”
Dejean-Jones said he’s on track to graduate in May, which means he should be eligible to play as a senior for Iowa State next season.
The Cyclones landed point guard DeAndre Kane last spring under similar circumstances. Kane earned first-team All-Big 12 honors and helped lead Iowa State to the Sweet 16.
Dejean-Jones is hoping to follow Kane’s lead and finish his career on a high note.
“Just getting to sit down and understand more about their style of play, it fit me well,” Dejean-Jones said. “I can’t wait to get there.”
Dejean-Jones, who picked the Cyclones over Arizona State, will likely enter fall practice as the starter at shooting guard over sophomore Matt Thomas and Naz Long.
The addition of Dejean-Jones should also make Iowa State among the favorites in the Big 12. He’ll join a solid core of returning players that includes forwards Georges Niang and Dustin Hogue, point guard Monte Morris, Thomas, Long and transfer center Jameel McKay.
Iowa State suspends Nader after DUI arrest
AMES – Iowa State University has suspended Abdel Nader from the basketball team after his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving over the weekend.
Iowa State University police arrested Nader around 11:40 p.m. Saturday on suspicion that he was operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
Online court records did not show any formal charges against Nader Sunday, and police officials did not immediately respond to a message.
Nader is a 6-foot-6 small forward who sat out this past season after transferring to Iowa State from Northern Illinois.
Nader led Northern Illinois with 13.1 points a game in 2012-13, and he was expected to play next season.
Iowa State athletic department spokesman Matt Shoultz said Nader has been suspended indefinitely in accordance with the conduct policy for athletes.
Schoultz says coach Fred Hoiberg is aware of the situation.
Nader has been expected to make a significant contribution for Iowa State next year because of his record at Northern Illinois. Plus, Nader has had a year to learn Hoiberg’s system.
Iowa State’s season ended with a Sweet Sixteen loss to Connecticut in the NCAA tournament. The Cyclones went 28-8 on the year and won the Big 12 tournament title.