Fred Hoiberg Checking Out Iowa St's Future (Video)

Fred Hoiberg is the head coach for the Iowa State Cyclones basketball team. Hoiberg, an Iowa State alum, played 10 years in the NBA, before having to prematurity retire in 2006, due to surgery for an enlarged aortic root in his heart. Though the procedure was successful, the shooting guard was not able to return to professional hoops.

Hoiberg's last NBA team was the Minnesota Timberwolves. He joined the franchise's front office after retiring, but left to take his current job at Iowa State, back in 2010.

Hoiberg attended high school in Ames, Iowa (location of Iowa State campus) and was nicknamed “the mayor” after receiving a few write-in votes for mayor in 2003. With his ties to the school and popularity in the area, Hoiberg was a perfect fit for the job.

Now in his third season, Hoiberg has already helped turn around the ISU program. Last season, he guided the Cyclones to the sweet sixteen, before losing to the eventual national champion Kentucky Wildcats.

Saturday, Hoiberg was in Minneapolis for the Timberwolves Shootout, scouting some of the top high school basketball talent from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Kansas. Two of the biggest name recruits present were Apple Valley High School's Tyus Jones (MN) and Robbinsdale Cooper's Rashad Vaughn (MN). ESPN ranks Jones number 1 nationally, with Vaughn coming in at number 10 (both from class of 2014).

Above is iFolloSports.com original video of Hoiberg talking to Minnesota Golden Gophers coach Tubby Smith, before tipoff of the game featuring the previously mentioned players.

Earlier in the day, Hoiberg watched point guard Clayton Custer, from Blue Valley Northwest High School (KS), located in Overland Park, Kansas. Custer has verbally committed to Iowa State.

College hoops fans can also view iFolloSports.com original video of North Carolina Tar Heels coach Roy Williams and the Gophers' Smith interacting with one another, at the very same event.

 

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