- Andy Katz, ESPN Senior Writer
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1. Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg has hyped up Royce White's impact on the Cyclones quite a bit and with good reason. He was penciled in to be a star at Minnesota and will likely be one for the Cyclones with his consistent rebounding and inside scoring. But another enigmatic transfer from the Big Ten -- Chris Allen out of Michigan State -- has been just as solid, making 8 of 9 3s and 13 of 16 overall in a controlled team scrimmage last week, according to Hoiberg. Iowa State scrimmaged at Nebraska over the weekend and Huskers’ coach Doc Sadler said the Cyclones can shoot the ball extremely well. If the point guard position goes well then Iowa State could be a sleeper.
2. Hoiberg was just as complimentary about Nebraska’s size (it’s OK, neither coach talked about the specifics of the actual scrimmage since the NCAA is so consumed about news from these “secret” scrimmages). Sadler said this is his best team in Lincoln, but he needs to get Andre Almeida and Christopher Niemann healthy for the Huskers to be a force in the frontline in the Big Ten. “I like our team,’’ Sadler said. “I think we’ve got a chance. It’s by far the best team we’ve had here if we get everyone healthy.’’ Hoiberg said the Huskers’ are an improved shooting team, too. “And they’re just so big,’’ Hoiberg said.
3. Sean Miller has turned Arizona back into a national program, similar to what Lute Olson was able to accomplish in recruiting. The commitment of center Kaleb Tarczewski, a New Hampshire product, securely puts the four-player class in ESPN.com’s No. 1 spot for 2012. Miller wasn’t the first choice for Arizona but he clearly was the best option and sped up the rebuilding process at warp speed after two years of interim coaches. Compare the Indiana and Arizona situations and it’s not even close. Indiana had NCAA sanctions to deal with while Arizona nearly had a roster overhaul before Tim Floyd’s departure at USC sent top recruits to Tucson and set the stage for an Elite Eight team to be delivered. Now Miller is recruiting similar level talent from across the country to keep the Wildcats as a legit power for the next few years.