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How ya gonna keep ’em down in Detroit, now they’ve seen Ames, Iowa?

Jun 29, 2013, 10:12 PM EDT

Percy Gibson, Kevin Noreen AP

Will Clyburn, Detroit

Percy Gibson, Detroit

Dominique Butler, Detroit

How do they get all these city guys to come to Iowa State? Hard to say. But the pipeline from Michigan to Ames, Iowa – which includes Michigan State transfers who didn’t grow up in the state – has been in full effect for some time. The Cyclones are currently anticipating the debut of redshirt freshman Sherron Dorsey-Walker, another Michigander from the Motor City, who’s currently tearing up the local YMCA hoops league in Des Moines.

Dorsey-Walker just bested Clyburn’s record for points against a Toreador defense, putting up 67 points to go ahead of his ISU predecessor’s 64, dropped in 2012.

Apparently, if you grow up in Detroit, Ames looks pretty good.

“The Iowa State-Michigan pipeline was open a long time ago,” said Cyclones assistant Cornell Mann, whose recruiting area includes Michigan. “When you’re from Detroit, you’ve already been in the inner city; you’ve already had a taste of that, so let’s get a taste of this fresh air, good living and good people.”

It’s worth noting that the irascible Johnny Orr, who initiated the Hilton Magic in the 80s and 90s, came to Iowa State via the University of Michigan as well.

Gibson and Dorsey-Walker will team up with Flint native Monte Morris on the Iowa State roster this season, where they’ll attempt to get the Cyclones back to the NCAA tournament for a third straight time under Fred Hoiberg.

Sounds like John Beilein and Tom Izzo better watch their backs.

Eric Angevine is the editor of Storming the Floor. He tweets @stfhoops.

  1. packhawk04 - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    Zack novak, stu douglass, spike albrecht, mitch mcgary, glenn robinson iii, zak irvin. Sounds like beilien just takes them from indiana anyways…

  2. richardgibbard - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:11 AM

    In Iowa, there are still plenty of naive white women who believe in integration as a good thing.

    • smosit - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:46 AM

      is there some way to flag this racist nonsense for removal?

  3. tigers182 - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Watch their backs? These are guys Michigan and Michigan State aren’t even offering. They’re guys MAC teams are half-heatedly offering. And the Spartan “transfer” was kicked off the team.

    • isyoohoo - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:40 PM

      Yeah Mr. Basketball in Michigan and #96 player on Rivals shouldn’t even be in the MAC…

      Or #125 on Rivals with a Michigan offer…

    • jhaugland - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      Really? I’m pretty sure the current Mr. Basketball of Michigan, Monte Morris would disagree with you on that. On yeah, he is going to Iowa State!

  4. barnesaintnoble - Jun 30, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    I think they’ll watch their backs when Iowa State starts making Final Fours, Elite Eights, or even Sweet Sixteens. Until then, I think they’ll take their pick of in-state players and be thankful that the players they don’t take still will have the opportunity to play in a major conference. That keeps the local recruiting grounds fertile and high school coaches happy.

    • smosit - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      if not for two bad calls (and a lucky 3 from Craft) at the end of the game against Ohio State, ISU makes the sweet 16 and possibly beyond.

      Hoiberg’s doing things right in Ames. He’s really good at taking throw-away players and making them play well together.

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