Steve Prohm took over the Iowa State Cyclones after former coach Fred Hoiberg left to coach the Chicago Bulls earlier this summer. He comes from mid-major Murray State to take over a high-profile program like the Cyclones, so you would expect it to be pretty tough to make the transition.
According to College Basketball Talk, Prohm has turned to a veteran player for some advice. Senior center Georges Niang is easily the Cyclones’ leader on the court and Prohm knows that he would benefit from talking with Niang.
“He’s won a lot of games. He’s a senior. He’s a leader. He’s a captain,” Prohm said. “He’s earned that opportunity.”
Prohm inherited one of the best rosters in college basketball when he took over for Hoiberg. Niang, seniors Naz Long, Jameel McKay and Abdel Nader and star junior point guard Monte Morris all provide Prohm with the talent needed to make a run at a Final Four and he knows that his captain has the ability to lead them there.
“He makes you continue to keep thinking, keep probing, keep trying to find different things to challenge him,” Prohm said. “Great feel for the game. Great understanding of the game and how to make people better. I just think he’s a special player, and I’m fortunate to be able to coach him.”
Niang talked about Prohm and believes that they have found the right coach at the right time. He knows that Prohm wants to have a good year for the players that may never see the court again.
“He’s always constantly like, `Forget this. Forget that. I just want to have a great year for you seniors and really send you off right,”‘ Niang said. “They could have brought in anyone that said, `Forget what you’re talking about. I need to run a program. I don’t care what you think.’ For him to put that aside and want the best for us, that really just speaks volumes about his character, and that’s obviously a person I want to be around for the rest of my life.”
The Cyclones tip off the season on Friday, Nov 13 when they play Colorado in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
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