Pay raise, Dejean-Jones signing make Ames a 'great situation' for Hoiberg

Coach has been all smiles lately

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AMES — Iowa State men's basketball coach Fred Hoiberg's been all smiles when it comes to signings lately, whether it be adding his own signature to an important document or seeing another's on a vital piece of paper.

The amendment to Hoiberg's long-spanning and now $600,000 richer contract was released by university officials Wednesday.

Hoiberg signed that deal last Friday and it elevates his compensation to $2.2 million next season, with annual raises of $100,000 worked into the remaining years of the agreement, which runs through 2023.

“We're comfortable in Ames,” the longtime resident, star, hot coaching commodity and honorary “Mayor” said over the weekend. “It's a great situation.”

That other signing made it even better.

Early this week, coveted UNLV transfer guard Bryce Dejean-Jones signed to play for Hoiberg's Cyclones in 2014-15. Dejean-Jones (pronounced DEE-john-Jones) averaged a team-leading 13.6 points for the Runnin' Rebels last season.

He announced his intention to join ISU's surging program Sunday on Twitter and officially filed his paperwork the next day. He'll join Kansas boys' basketball player of the year Clayton Custer as a Cyclone newcomer.

“I knew that I had a strong interest in Iowa State before coming on my visit (last weekend) and getting there only made my feelings stronger,” the 6-foot-5, 210-pound Dejean-Jones said in a statement. “Coach Hoiberg is so good at putting his players in a position to succeed and I look forward to being a part of the program.”

Dejean-Jones will be a senior in terms of eligibility but plans to graduate from UNLV this summer, making him immediately eligible for a Cyclone team fresh off its first NCAA tournament Sweet 16 appearance since 2000.

“Bryce is someone that will help our team because of his versatility and ability to play different positions,” Hoiberg said in a statement. “He fits what we are trying to of and we look forward to getting him on campus.”

Hoiberg and his family frequently looked forward to doing the same thing during his NBA playing days and years in the front office for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Last week's raise only sweetened what he's known and stressed all along about his current term in Ames: It's home, to him and his extended family.

“We love it in Ames,” Hoiberg said. “It's always been a second home to my kids — wherever we were playing, we'd always come home for the summers.”

Now it's become a year-round home for all of them.

“Such a unique part of my situation here is my family and being able to spend so much time with them,” said Hoiberg, whose wife, Carol, also grew up in Ames. “My kids being able to hang out with their grandparents every day if they want to — they play golf (with both sets of grandparents) in the summer, and that's stuff you just can't replace. So it's been one of the most fun parts of the job, being able to be close to them.”

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