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Fred Hoiberg, Bulls rumors leave Iowa State waiting

Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg has not addressed the rumors that have him going to the Bulls. | AP

People talk about how the one-and-done players negatively affect the college game. What about the won-and-done coaches? The NBA’s courtship of college coaches can create quite a ripple effect, too.

That’s what’s going on at Iowa State right now where Fred Hoiberg’s rumored jump to the Bulls has left the Cyclones in a holding pattern.

Longtime Cyclones writer Randy Peterson of the Des Moines Register writes:

It’s not Hoiberg’s style to say much of anything other than “I have a great job right here at Iowa State” during these annual Hoiberg-to-the-NBA exercises in rumors, anonymous sources and — this time — more smoke than usual.

He doesn’t ever publicly close the NBA door, and that’s what’s happening as this Hoiberg speculation becomes more intense.

Last week, Tyler Harris, a potential one-and-done player, picked Auburn over Iowa State. Max Bielfeldt, a Michigan transfer, has Nebraska, Indiana and Iowa State on his list. He would like to decide this week.

“Waiting to see what’s going on with coach Hoiberg is part of it,” he told the Des Moines Register. “It’s tough to go someplace for one year with a coaching change. If there’s a change — it would depend on who comes in. Iowa State is going to be good next year, no matter what, though.”

The rumors are also affecting the coaching staff and team.

The Cyclones did get some assurance today, though, when forward Georges Niang said he would return for his senior season regardless of what Hoiberg does.

“As far as I know, we’ve still got Fred, so I’m still thinking he’s staying,” Niang said in a text to the Des Moines Register.

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