For many college sports teams across the country, summer time is a valuable asset to have. Players are able to develop new skills, coaches can teach the mechanics needed to win, and teams become families. According to Iowa State, their basketball program is adding true value to the true meaning of college sports during the summer.
According to College Basketball Talk, the NCAA allows foreign trips for Division I programs once every four years, and the Cyclones are taking advantage of this by including valuable practice time and four games in Spain. Adding to the mix is new head coach Steve Prohm, who has ambitions of winning the Big 12 conference title.
In a story from Associated Press writer Luke Meredith, Prohm believes that this trip will truly help the group to get to know each other. The Cyclones journey to Spain is set out to begin in August.
“Hopefully we get a chance to bond,” Prohm said to Meredith. “Learn about each other more…and just get a chance to pour into one another. That’s the biggest thing. It’s not really about winning games and playing. It’s about the time together, the camaraderie.”
This trip will be important for Iowa State for many reasons, especially their new players. Transfers Hallice Cooke and Deonte Burton will be able to become adjusted to how the Cyclones team plays. Cooke is a transfer from Oregon State, he is recovering from hip surgery and ready to play for his new team. Burton is a transfer from Marquette, but is not allowed to played due to the NCAA’s transfer rules.
The Cyclones lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament to UAB 60-59 this past March. Hopefully this trip may hep them recover from that one point lost.
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