2015–16 Iowa State Cyclones men's basketball team

The 2015–16 Iowa State Cyclones men's basketball team represents Iowa State University during the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Cyclones were coached by Steve Prohm, who was in his 1st season. They played their home games at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa and competed in the Big 12 Conference.

2015–16 Iowa State Cyclones men's basketball
Iowa State Cyclones logo.svg
NCAA Tournament, Sweet Sixteen
ConferenceBig 12 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 15
APNo. 22
2015–16 record23–12 (10–8 Big 12)
Head coachSteve Prohm (1st season)
Assistant coachT.J. Otzelberger
Assistant coachDaniyal Robinson
Assistant coachWilliam Small
Home arenaHilton Coliseum
Seasons
2015–16 Big 12 men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#1 Kansas 15 3   .833     33 5   .868
#8 West Virginia 13 5   .722     26 9   .743
#7 Oklahoma 12 6   .667     29 8   .784
Texas 11 7   .611     20 13   .606
#21 Baylor 10 8   .556     22 12   .647
#22 Iowa State 10 8   .556     23 12   .657
Texas Tech 9 9   .500     19 13   .594
Kansas State 5 13   .278     17 16   .515
Oklahoma State 3 15   .167     12 20   .375
TCU 2 16   .111     12 21   .364
2016 Big 12 Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

They finished the season 23–12 10–8 in Big 12 play to finish tied for 5th place. They lost to Oklahoma in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Conference Tournament. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated Iona and Little Rock to advance to the Sweet Sixteen where they lost to Virginia.

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Previous seasonEdit

They finished the season 25–9, 12–6 in Big 12 play to finish in second place. They defeated Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas to become champions of the Big 12 Conference Tournament to earn and automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. In the NCAA Tournament they were upset by UAB in the second round.

After months of speculation it was announced on June 2, 2015 that Fred Hoiberg would be accepting the head coach position with the Chicago Bulls of the NBA.[1]

On June 8, 2015 it was announced that Iowa State would be hiring Murray State head coach Steve Prohm for the same position.[2]

Offseason departuresEdit

Offseason Departures
Name Position Reason
Bryce Dejean-Jones Guard Graduated
Dustin Hogue Forward Graduated
Daniel Edozie Forward Graduated
Sherron Dorsey-Walker Guard Transferred to Oakland
Kourtlin Jackson Guard Transferred to Southern Miss
Clayton Custer Guard Transferred to Loyola Chicago
Daniel Stensland Guard Left basketball team
Georgios Tsalmpouris Center Left to play professionally in the Greek Basketball League
Reference:[3]

RecruitingEdit

Prep recruitsEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Nick Noskowiak
PG
Sun Prairie, WI Sun Prairie 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Apr 26, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 84
Brady Ernst
PF
Clinton, IA Clinton 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jun 25, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    RivalsN/A   247Sports:     ESPNN/A   ESPN grade: NR
Simeon Carter
PF
Charlotte, NC West Charlotte 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Aug 6, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPNN/A   ESPN grade: NR
Overall recruiting rankings:   247Sports: 75
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Iowa State 2015 Basketball Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  • "2015 Iowa State Basketball Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  • "ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  • "2015 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved February 8, 2017.

Incoming transfersEdit

Incoming Transfers
Name Position Hometown Previous
School
Remaining
Eligibility
Notes
Jordan Ashton Guard Mount Pleasant, IA Kirkwood CC 2 Ashton was eligible to play immediately.
Nick Weiler-Babb Guard Arlington, TX Arkansas 3 Weiler-Babb sat out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA eligibility rules.
Reference:[4]

RosterEdit

2015–16 Iowa State Cyclones men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
F 00 Simeon Carter 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Fr West Charlotte Charlotte, NC
C 1 Jameel McKay 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) RS Sr Pulaski
Indian Hills CC
Marquette
Milwaukee, WI
F 2 Abdel Nader 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 225 lb (102 kg) RS Sr Niles North
Northern Illinois
Skokie, IL
G 3 Hallice Cooke 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) RS So St. Anthony
Oregon State
Union City, NJ
G 4 Wesley Greder (W) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr Gilbert High School Gilbert, IA
G 11 Monté Morris 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Jr Beecher Flint, MI
G 14 Nick Weiler-Babb   6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) RS So James Martin
Arkansas
Arlington, TX
G 15 Naz Long   (C) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Sr Findlay Prep Mississauga, Ontario
G 21 Matt Thomas 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 197 lb (89 kg) Jr Onalaska Onalaska, WI
G 23 Jordan Ashton 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) RS Jr Mount Pleasant
Northwest Missouri State
Kirkwood CC
Mount Pleasant, IA
C 24 Stuart Nezlek (W) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Jr Fenwick Oak Park, IL
G 30 Deonte Burton 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 250 lb (113 kg) RS Jr Vincent
Marquette
Milwaukee, WI
F 31 Georges Niang (C) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Sr Tilton School Methuen, MA
PF 33 Brady Ernst     6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) RS Fr Clinton Clinton, IA
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Schedule and resultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
November 6, 2015*
7:00 PM, Cyclones.tv
No. 7 Grand Valley State W 106–60 
 20  Mitrou-Long   11  McKay   8  Thomas  Hilton Coliseum (14,384)
Ames, IA
Regular season
November 13, 2015*
4:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 7 vs. Colorado W 68–62  1–0
 17  Niang   10  McKay   4  Morris  Sanford Pentagon (3,200)
Sioux Falls, SD
November 16, 2015*
7:00 PM, Cyclones.tv
No. 7 Chicago State
Emerald Coast Classic
W 106–64  2–0
 25  McKay   11  Tied   8  Tied  Hilton Coliseum (14,111)
Ames, IA
November 23, 2015*
7:00 PM, Cyclones.tv
No. 4 Chattanooga
Emerald Coast Classic
W 83–63  3–0
 24  Mitrou-Long   17  McKay   10  Morris  Hilton Coliseum (13,305)
Ames, IA
November 27, 2015*
6:00 PM, CBSSN
No. 4 vs. Virginia Tech
Emerald Coast Classic
Semifinals
W 99–77  4–0
 23  McKay   11  Nader   7  Morris  The Arena (2,222)
Niceville, FL
November 28, 2015*
6:00 PM, CBSSN
No. 4 vs. Illinois
Emerald Coast Classic
Championship
W 84–73  5–0
 23  Niang   9  Morris   6  Morris  The Arena (2,222)
Niceville, FL
December 1, 2015*
7:00 PM, Cyclones.tv
No. 5 North Dakota State W 84–64  6–0
 21  Nader   19  McKay   6  Morris  Hilton Coliseum (14,272)
Ames, IA
December 7, 2015*
8:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 4 Buffalo W 84–63  7–0
 31  Niang   12  Niang   10  Morris  Hilton Coliseum (14,130)
Ames, IA
December 11, 2015*
6:30 PM, ESPN2
No. 4 Iowa
Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series
W 83–82  8–0
 20  Tied   12  McKay   9  Morris  Hilton Coliseum (14,384)
Ames, IA
December 13, 2015*
5:00 PM, Cyclones.tv
No. 4 Arkansas-Pine Bluff W 78–64  9–0
 18  McKay   8  McKay   11  Morris  Hilton Coliseum (14,284)
Ames, IA
December 19, 2015*
6:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 5 vs. Northern Iowa
Big Four Classic
L 79–81  9–1
 30  Niang   7  Nader   6  Morris  Wells Fargo Arena 
Des Moines, IA
December 22, 2015*
6:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 11 at No. 22 Cincinnati W 81–79  10–1
 24  Niang   10  Niang   7  Morris  Fifth Third Arena (13,176)
Cincinnati, OH
December 30, 2015*
7:00 PM, Cyclones.tv
No. 11 Coppin State W 104–84  11–1
 21  Nader   9  Niang   11  Morris  Hilton Coliseum (14,384)
Ames, IA
January 2, 2016
6:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 11 at No. 3 Oklahoma L 83–87  11–2
(0–1)
 29  Niang   9  McKay   3  Morris  Lloyd Noble Center (11,251)
Norman, OK
January 6, 2016
8:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 13 Texas Tech W 76–69  12–2
(1–1)
 19  McKay   14  McKay   6  Morris  Hilton Coliseum (14,384)
Ames, IA
January 9, 2016
2:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 13 Baylor L 89–94  12–3
(1–2)
 22  Niang   8  Nader   6  Niang  Hilton Coliseum (14,384)
Ames, IA
January 12, 2016
8:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 17 at Texas L 91–94 OT 12–4
(1–3)
 27  Niang   16  Nader   7  Morris  Frank Erwin Center (10,663)
Austin, TX
January 16, 2016
3:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 17 at Kansas State W 76–63  13–4
(2–3)
 19  Morris   6  3 tied   4  Morris  Bramlage Coliseum (12,462)
Manhattan, KS
January 18, 2016
8:00 PM, ESPN
No. 19 No. 1 Oklahoma W 82–77  14–4
(3–3)
 22  Niang   13  McKay   3  Tied  Hilton Coliseum (14,384)
Ames, IA
January 23, 2016
3:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 19 at TCU W 73–60  15–4
(4–3)
 18  Morris   10  McKay   6  Morris  Schollmaier Arena (6,014)
Fort Worth, TX
January 25, 2016
8:00 PM, ESPN
No. 14 No. 4 Kansas W 85–72  16–4
(5–3)
 21  Morris   5  Tied   9  Morris  Hilton Coliseum (14,384)
Ames, IA
January 30, 2016*
1:00 PM, ESPN
No. 14 at No. 5 Texas A&M
Big 12/SEC Challenge
L 62–72  16–5
 15  Niang   14  McKay   6  Morris  Reed Arena (12,473)
College Station, TX
February 2, 2016
8:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 13 No. 14 West Virginia L 76–81  16–6
(5–4)
 20  Niang   6  Burton   10  Morris  Hilton Coliseum (14,384)
Ames, IA
February 6, 2016
1:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 13 at Oklahoma State W 64–59  17–6
(6–4)
 18  Niang   9  Niang   8  Morris  Gallagher-Iba Arena (6,561)
Stillwater, OK
February 10, 2016
8:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 14 at Texas Tech L 82–85 OT 17–7
(6–5)
 20  Burton   9  Niang   9  Morris  United Supermarkets Arena (6,715)
Lubbock, TX
February 13, 2016
7:30 PM, ESPN
No. 14 No. 24 Texas W 85–75  18–7
(7–5)
 24  Morris   8  Nader   3  Tied  Hilton Coliseum (14,384)
Ames, IA
February 16, 2016
8:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 13 at No. 25 Baylor L 91–100 OT 18–8
(7–6)
 26  Niang   8  Niang   11  Morris  Ferrell Center (5,556)
Waco, TX
February 20, 2016
6:30 PM, ESPNU
No. 13 TCU W 92–83  19–8
(8–6)
 27  Niang   14  Burton   11  Morris  Hilton Coliseum (14,384)
Ames, IA
February 22, 2016
8:00 PM, ESPN
No. 17 at No. 14 West Virginia L 87–97  19–9
(8–7)
 23  Nader   5  Tied   5  Niang  WVU Coliseum (10,683)
Morgantown, WV
February 27, 2016
5:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 17 Kansas State W 80–61  20–9
(9–7)
 20  Thomas   17  McKay   8  Morris  Hilton Coliseum (14,384)
Ames, IA
February 29, 2016
6:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 21 Oklahoma State W 58–50  21–9
(10–7)
 19  Nader   10  Tied   6  Morris  Hilton Coliseum (14,383)
Ames, IA
March 5, 2016
3:00 PM, ESPN
No. 21 at No. 1 Kansas L 78–85  21–10
(10–8)
 22  Niang   9  McKay   5  Niang  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
Big 12 Tournament
03/10/2016
8:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 21 vs. No. 6 Oklahoma
Quarterfinals
L 76–79  21–11
 31  Niang   9  Tied   5  Niang  Sprint Center (18,972)
Kansas City, MO
NCAA Tournament
03/17/2016*
1:00 PM, TBS
(4 MW) No. 22 vs. (13 MW) Iona
First Round
W 94–81  22–11
 28  Niang   9  McKay   8  Morris  Pepsi Center (19,499)
Denver, CO
03/19/2016*
5:10 pm, TBS
(4 MW) No. 22 vs. (12 MW) Little Rock
Second Round
W 78–61  23–11
 28  Niang   10  McKay   4  Tied  Pepsi Center (19,551)
Denver, CO
03/25/2016*
6:10 pm, CBS
(4 MW) No. 22 vs. (1 MW) No. 4 Virginia
Sweet Sixteen
L 71–84  23–12
 30  Niang   8  Niang   8  Morris  United Center (21,490)
Chicago, IL
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time.

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Final 
AP Poll[5] 7 7 7 4 5 4 5 11 11 13 17 19 14 13 14 13 17 21 21 22  
Coaches Poll[5] 7 7 7 5 4 2 2 9 9 14 18 21 16 14 15 15 17 20 19 19 15

Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit