The Iowa State Cyclones are looking to hype whatever it can to generate interest in the men’s basketball program for next season, and that includes hype videos for Blake Hinson.
The Cyclones posted a video on their Twitter feed of Hinson getting ready for next season on Monday. It was an effort to keep fans in the loop on how summer practices are going under new head coach T.J. Otzelberger. All Big 12 teams are currently hosting players on campus in an effort to get ready a head start for next season.
𝗔 𝗬𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝗜𝗻 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗠𝗮𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴…
— Iowa State Men’s Basketball (@CycloneMBB) June 7, 2021
Even though Hinson, a 6-foot-7 guard-forward, didn’t get to play last season, he is one of the most experienced Cyclones returning from last season’s team. Henson was unable to play for the 2020-21 season due to a medical condition that had nothing to do with COVID-19.
At the time, former head coach Steve Prohm said that they had hoped Henson would play a considerable role that season.
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There was good reason to be optimistic about the impact that Hinson could make. He spent his first two seasons at Ole Miss, starting nearly every game as a true freshman and as a sophomore.
In his final season in Oxford, Hinson was third on the team in scoring, averaging 10.1 points per game. He also pulled down 4.6 rebounds per game (fourth on the team that season) and dished out 1.4 assists per game. During that campaign, he put up a season high 23 points against Cal State-Bakersfield. He also had a double-double against Florida, finishing with 16 points and eleven rebounds.
Once the coaching change was made, several cyclones moved into the transfer portal, including last year’s top scorers in Rasir Bolton and Jalen Coleman-Lands. Otzelberger has worked the transfer portal to bring in talent, but it’s obvious that the Cyclones have their eyes on Hinson making a significant impact this season.
If he were to produce at the level that he produced at Ole Miss, he would likely be a starter for Iowa State next season.
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