Daily Archives: Jan. 26, 2008

David Hoskins

He wants to come back next season. His surgery is scheduled for Feb. 1. He said the normal rehab time is six-to-eight months, but he said Saturday – with a smile – that he’d do it in four. He wasn’t sure about what the steps were he had to take to gain another year, if he’d meet the specific criteria (I told him he would, based on my dealings with the Big 12).

And then I asked him the important question:

“If you come back, could you convince the two young fellas to come back, too?”

He paused, thought about it, and said, “Well, maybe one of them.”

Interpret that as you will…

My take, Iowa State (01/26)

I’m a big fan Wesley Johnson fan. And I think Craig Brackins is going to be a player. And Jiri Hubalek has played well against K-State in the past. And Rahshon Clark isn’t a bad fourth option.

OK, I’m done pumping up the Cyclones.

Clent Stewart hinted that we’ll see a lot of pressure and trapping from the Wildcats today, which makes sense since all of the guys I just mentioned are 6-foot-7 or taller and Iowa State’s primary ballhandler is a former walk-on. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but let me put it this way – if the roles were reversed, would you want James Franklin – a great kid, by the way – bringing the ball up the court? Didn’t think so.

Anyway, I like Kansas State. Not too big, but comfortably big. I like that Frank Martin seems to be pushing all of the right buttons so far, and these players genuinely like each other. I didn’t get that vibe at times last year. I’m also going to go out on a limb and say Mike Beasley “plays” two halves today, and he might post – and I’m borrowing this from Darius Miles when I covered him in the McDonald’s All-American Game in Boston – “PowerBall” numbers today. You know, big numbers across the board.

Undefeated going into Wednesday’s game against KU… I can’t wait.

PREDICTION: K-State 84, Iowa State 67