May 21, 2010

Chris Babb Transfers To Iowa State

Well, it's official: Chris Babb has settled on Iowa State as his next hooping destination. Under NCAA transfer rules, Babb will have to sit out the 2010-11 season which means the would-be junior will take a redshirt and then have two more years of eligibility remaining following next season.

As a three-point shooting specialist, Babb has to be giddy over the fact he'll be playing under new Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg, a former three-point specialist himself for the NBA's Pacers and Timberwolves. Hell, Babb even admits such things himself in this exclusive interview on ISU's official athletics webpage.

His coach seems to be pretty excited, as well:

“Chris brings an unbelievable ability to shoot the basketball,” Hoiberg said. “He averaged double figures in Big Ten play last year and was a part of a Penn State team that won the 2009 NIT championship. He has a great build and will be able to handle the physical play of the Big 12. Growing up in Texas, he is also familiar with the Big 12 landscape.
Considering Babb managed to survive the physical play of the Big Ten, Hoiberg's got a point. Given Hoiberg's background as a shooting guard, I envision him using Babb as a catch-and-shoot type of player that they try to get open on the perimeter so he can simply fire away, considering the fact Babb isn't known for being one who tends to drive to the hoop on a regular basis. Regardless, we here at LBU wish Chris all the best*

* Unless of course, Penn State and Iowa State meet between now and 2013

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