In what seems like a weekly announcement, Fred Hoiberg and Iowa State have announced the arrival of another transfer, Chris Allen. The 6'3" guard comes from Michigan State where he had run into some disagreements with Tom Izzo last season. Allen averaged 8.2 points per game last season in helping Michigan State make a run to the Final Four before being knocked off by Butler.
While this season has the possibility of not being pretty for Hoiberg's team, the 2011-2012 season is already causing some Cyclone fans to get excited.
Combined with Allen are additional transfers Chris Babb, Royce White and Anthony Booker.
Babb comes from Penn State where the 6"5" guard averaged 9.3 points per game and started in 23 games last season. He will be sitting out this season as a redshirt and have two years eligibility remaining. White comes from Minnesota where due to some off the court issues he did not play last season. He and Iowa State have petitioned the NCAA to allow him to play this season but he could be forced to sit out this season as well. Booker comes to Ames from Southern Illinois where he averaged 6.4 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. While not a major scoring threat, Booker will give the Cyclones size down low which is necessary in the Big 12.
With PG Scott Christopherson coming back as senior in 2011-2012 the potential starting lineup for next season could look pretty formidable for Iowa State to try and get back into the upper half of the Big 12. Take a look at what Fred Hoiberg's lineup could look like. This isn't even taking into account any of the 5 new recruits that Iowa State has signed for this coming season or the 2 recruits already committed for the 11-12 season.
PG - Scott Christopherson 6"3"
SG - Chris Allen 6"3"
SF - Chris Babb - 6'5"
F - Royce White - 6'8"
F/C - Anthony Booker - 6"8
So while transfers don't always pan out for coaches, one has to assume that Hoiberg knows what he is doing right now and maybe in 2011-2012 there might be a return of the famed "Hilton Magic" that opposing teams across the Big 12 use to fear.