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Former Iowa State Star Tyrese Haliburton Reaches NBA Milestone

NCAA Basketball: Iowa State at West Virginia

While the Iowa State Cyclones aren’t necessarily known for having consistent NBA talent, Tyrese Haliburton is changing that narrative.

The former Cyclone made his way into the history books by becoming the first player in NBA history to average 20 points and 10 assists per game, while shooting 40% from the three-point stripe in a season.


Haliburton also made franchise history for the Indiana Pacers by setting the record for most assists per game with 10.4. Haliburton has been one of Iowa State’s best players at the NBA level joining the likes of Monte Morris, Georges Niang, Talen Horton-Tucker, and a cast of other Iowa State legends who have proven themselves in the NBA.

Halliburton spent two seasons with the Cyclones from 2018-2020, averaging career numbers of 10.1 PPG, 4.7 APG, and 4.4 RPG. His best season came as a sophomore in Ames, where he averaged 15.2 PPG, 6.5 APG, and 5.9 RPG, putting him on the radar of NBA scouts.

Haliburton was selected with the 12th pick of the first round by the Sacramento Kings and then traded years later alongside fellow Big 12 Conference member Buddy Hield. After an impressive year in the NBA, the Pacers have budding stars from the Big 12 Conference with Hield and Haliburton, and while the rest is yet to come for the former Big 12 players, the road ahead is bright.

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