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White and Ejim should have help from freshman Percy Gibson and Booker, who transferred from Southern Illinois.

“We will get up and down. We’ll take a lot of threes again this year. But we will have more options on the block,” Hoiberg said. “We’ll have some options this year.”

Iowa State was picked to finish eighth in the 10-team Big 12 this season, an understandable slot for a team few can put their fingers on.

The Cyclones could finish first and they could finish last, though somewhere in the middle seems about right.

Either way, Iowa State figures to be one of the league’s most interesting teams.

“I’m excited about the expectations. We had zero expectations last season,” Hoiberg said. “Expectations are high, and that’s what we want. We want to be in a position where we’re competing for a Big 12 championship.”