AMES — The Iowa State men’s basketball team has two guaranteed basketball games left on its schedule.
This season has been one of youth, inexperience and injuries.
On Friday, at Oklahoma (17-12, 7-10 Big 12), Iowa State (13-16, 4-13) Coach Steve Prohm has one eye on the future.
He knows this season isn’t over, but he also knows the development and potential this team needs to go through.
Freshman guard Lindell Wigginton has been great for Prohm all season. He has his freshman moments with freshman mistakes, but he leads the team in scoring at 16.5 points per game. He’s also second on the team in assists with 3.0 per game.
“We can’t fold, we can’t fold now,” Wigginton said. “We still have games left — we still have the Big 12 tournament.”
Cameron Lard, a redshirt freshman forward has also been impressive for Prohm. He averages 12.7 points and 8.1 rebounds.
But he still has a lot of room to grow.
“We have to work really hard with Cameron this summer fundamentally,” Prohm said. “He has to get better with his skill level around the basket — he knows that. We have to get him bigger, we have to get him stronger, we have to get him better technique posting up, get a go-to move and get him a counter move.”
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The final piece of the freshman class was guard Terrence Lewis. He was billed as a sharp-shooter out of high school, but couldn’t seem to find a rhythm throughout the season.
He was shooting 25 percent from 3-point range and 29 percent from the field before the West Virginia game.
However, over the last two games, Lewis made 7 of 13 from beyond the arc.
“I thought he played with great confidence on the offensive end,” Prohm said. “But there’s a lot more to it, though. I thought he shot it with a lot of confidence and I thought he made better decisions from 3.”
Prohm wants the 6-foot-5 Lewis to become more of a defensive stalwart, but he’s happy to see shots are finally falling for him.
“(I’ve seen him shoot with confidence) in practice, but not in games, really, until lately” Prohm said. “He’s been practicing better. He’s been doing a good job of practicing better. He just has to keep at it and I think he understands that.”
Lewis said he had been waiting for this opportunity since he arrived on campus. And because playing time was sparse at the beginning of the season, he never really got it.
“I just want these guys to understand how important each day is as far as getting better,” Prohm said. “We need to play well. Even if we lost and we played well.”
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