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Cyclones Sign Washington State Transfer Aljaz Kunc

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Former Washington State forward Aljaz Kunc signed with the Iowa State Cyclones, representing the first commitment of the T.J. Otzelberger era.

Iowa State released the commitment on Wednesday.

Kunc’s signing comes a few days after Cyclones guard Tyler Harris opted to submit his name to the transfer portal, representing the first player defection since Otzelberger’s hiring last week. He replaced Steve Prohm, who was fired after six seasons.

Kunc is a graduate transfer and will have two years of eligibility remaining.

The Ljubljana, Slovenia, native played his prep ball at Impact Academy in Sarasota, Florida. The 6-foot-8 forward signed with Washington State out of Impact and played three seasons for the Cougars.


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Kunc’s season numbers of  6.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game don’t tell the whole story, as he battled injuries for a good portion of the season. During an eight-game stretch to end the season, he averaged 8.9 points and 7.4 rebounds.

He averaged 4.3 points and 3.0 rebounds for his three seasons at Washington State.

“Jaz is a skilled frontline player, who has proven at the Power-5 level to have the ability to knock down threes and stretch opposing defenses,” Otzelberger said in a release from Iowa State. “Defensively, he competes and has a high activity level and is able to rebound outside his area.”

Iowa State went 2-22 last season, including a winless run in Big 12 play, the program’s first winless slate in conference play since before World War II.

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