Cyclone men's basketball could be facing a watershed week beginning Wednesday. That's the first day of the spring signing period when schools can begin to ink players for the coming season.
And it looks like ISU may need a lot of ink.
Rumors are running like a Johnny Orr team. Check out Cyclonefanatic.com for all the doomsday scenarios about this player leaving and this one struggling in school, etc. Only time will tell if more players (and another assistant coach) leave or stay in Ames.
What is known is that Cyclone fans are restless. Cyclonefanatic.com is full of ISU followers calling for Coach Greg McDermott's contract. Too many players have left, and the fans blame the coach.
Justin Hamilton left at season's end has settled on LSU, according to a Baton Rouge newspaper. Dominique Buckley is gone. Craig Brackens is going pro. And two assistant coaches also have left. The latest was Daniyal Robinson, who joined James Dickey's staff at Houston. Robinson, who reportedly relates well with players and is a good recruiter, was the main recruiter for ISU recruit Andre Clark.
Clark is a 6-9, 225-pound JC transfer center who recently visited ISU. He said he liked what he saw, but is not ready to commit. Robinson's leaving couldn't be helpful.
At the same time, two other recruits reportedly committed elsewhere--Matt Pressey to Missouri and Kaylon Williams to Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Rumors say more announcements will come from ISU on Thursday. Damage control may be the term of the day.
It's difficult to get in players and coaches when the wagons have circled and the attackers are attacking.