Iowa State and Fred Hoiberg burst upon the scene last season, in making it to the second round of the NCAA tournament before bowing out to eventual champion Kentucky. The Cyclones on Thursday hit it big by signing Matt Thomas out of Wisconsin.
The four-star recruit averaged 21 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals per contest last season. His Onalaska Hilltoppers went 27-1 last season en route to a MVC and WIAA Division 2 state championships. He connected on nearly 47% of his three-point attempts and 57% of field goals as a junior. Scout named him the 20th best shooting guard and 83rd overall prospect for the year. He will enroll at Iowa State for the 2013 season. Thomas was the first signee this season for Iowa State.
Thomas chose Iowa State over Virginia. He also was recruited by Boston College, Creighton, and Marquette. The guard adds instant offense and has been compared to Hoiberg. The Cyclones coach of course, played for Iowa State before moving onto the NBA where he played for Indiana, amongst other teams.
Thomas is another reason why Hoiberg has the Cyclones headed in a great direction for Big 12 stalwarts like Kansas and Missouri. Iowa State is here for good now.
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