The "Return to Play" games are done in the NBA bubble, and they were good showcases for some former Iowa collegians.
Eight ex-Iowa State players and two former Iowa Hawkeyes played in the Orlando bubble, and nine of those 10 players are on teams that advanced to the playoffs that start Monday. Former ISU teammates Monte Morris of Denver and Georges Niang of Utah will be on opposing sides in a first-round Western Conference series that starts Monday afternoon.
(I realize how irrelevant this is in the wake up of so much of Iowa getting derecho-ed to submission and a pandemic that keeps on keeping on. This is something for me to do in an air-conditioned office to keep me occupied for an hour. Thanks for indulging.)
Iowa State has the third-most former players in the playoffs, trailing just Kentucky (14) and Duke (9). Michigan, Texas and UCLA have 7. I credit Iowa State associate director of athletic communications Matt Shoutz for doing that legwork. I tracked down the following stats, the games played and points per game of the ISU and Iowa alums in the bubble:
Jarrod Uthoff, Washington: 3 games, 5.0 points per game
Tyler Cook, Denver: 2 games, 2.0 ppg
Monte Morris, Denver: 8 games, 13.9 ppg
Talen Horton-Tucker, L.A. Lakers: 4 games, 8.5 ppg, 1.8 steals per game
Abdel Nader, Oklahoma City: 7 games, 8.3 ppg
Georges Niang, Utah: 8 games, 7.0 ppg
Matt Thomas, Toronto: 8 games, 6.5 ppg
Marial Shayok, Philadelphia: 2 games, 4.0 ppg
Deonte Burton, Oklahoma City: 5 games, 2.0 ppg
Naz Mitrou-Long, Indiana: 2 games, 0.0 ppg