College basketball: Iowa State’s Nick Weiler-Babb’s aggressiveness pays off
December 1, 2017 - Basketballs
AMES, Iowa — As Iowa State manager Steve Prohm watched a use this summer with Monte Morris, a fanciful indicate ensure he had to reinstate this season, he seemed to have usually dual options.
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Prohm could possibly go with comparison Donovan Jackson or palm control of a offense to highly-touted beginner Lindell Wigginton, so Jackson could concentration on scoring.
But Prohm also had a third idea in his conduct — to make 6-foot-5 youth Nick Weiler-Babb, a many gifted ensure on a roster, his primary round handler. When Morris asked Prohm if he had if he had ever suspicion of creation Weiler-Babb his indicate guard, a manager knew he competence be on to something.
After dual bad waste to open 2017-18, Prohm finally put a round in Weiler-Babb’s hands.
The Cyclones have looked like a opposite group ever since.
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Weiler-Babb has gifted a breakthrough as a indicate guard, averaging 15.8 points, 9 assists and 8.8 rebounds in his final 4 games, all wins for a Cyclones (4-2). They horde Northern Illinois on Monday.
“His basketball I.Q. is unequivocally good. He has a unequivocally good feel, a unequivocally good gait to his game. His assist-to-turnover ratio right now is 6 to 1,” Prohm said. “He has a unequivocally good bargain for what we want.”
Prohm lifted eyebrows when he pronounced during a team’s annual media day final deteriorate that Weiler-Babb had a many pro intensity of any actor on his roster. After a indolent 2016-17, Weiler-Babb is commencement to uncover it.
Like so many of a Cyclones in new years, Weiler-Babb got his start during another school. Weiler-Babb played his beginner year during Arkansas, averaging fewer than 5 mins a game, before following in a footsteps of his brother, former Iowa State star Chris Babb.
Weiler-Babb sat out as a send in 2015-16. He had his moments off a dais final season, averaging 4.0 points and 3.1 rebounds a game, though too mostly deferring to some-more gifted teammates.
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Iowa State can’t means a thoughtful Weiler-Babb after losing a whole backcourt from a year ago, and he has gotten that message.
“I like a round in my hands. we like being a preference maker,” Weiler-Babb said. “It unequivocally does (help me be some-more aggressive). Also being a comparison man on a team, being in a complement for 3 years.”
Weiler-Babb has looked a many gentle he’s ever been during Iowa State in his new role. He has 41 assists by 6 games, restraining Morris for a many to start a deteriorate in over a decade.
“My thing is, what are we unequivocally scheming for during a finish of a day? Are we scheming to kick propagandize A, B or C, or are we scheming to win a Big 12 championship?” Prohm pronounced of his conversations with Weiler-Babb. “Do we wish to be a man that can score, or do we wish to turn a man that can do special things and unequivocally have a finish game?”
Moving off a round has also helped Wigginton and Jackson.
Wigginton is 9 of 20 from 3-point operation and is averaging 15 points over his final 4 games. Wigginton also had by distant his best collegiate diversion on Saturday, scoring 21 points with 6 assists and 5 rebounds in a 70-45 win over Western Illinois.
Jackson is averaging 21.3 points and sharpened 44.1 percent on 3s given Weiler-Babb became a indicate guard.
“Nick is only personification (well) during a indicate ensure mark right now,” Wigginton said. “Whatever a group needs me to do, measure a basketball, get my teammates concerned but a ball, I’m going to do.”