2012-13 Top Transfers: #6 Will Clyburn, Iowa State
Iowa State's third year head coach and former NBA vet, Fred Hoiberg, has the extremely daunting task of replacing All-American forward Royce White, who led the team in scoring, assists, rebounding, blocks and steals. It cannot be just one player to replace that kind of big-time talent and production, but former Utah wing, Will Clyburn is a great start.
The 6'7" swingman was a second-team All-Mountain West performer in 2011, putting up 17.1 points per game, grabbing 7.8 rebounds and shooting over 40 percent from 3-point range. What bodes well for Clyburn is the fact that he is surrounded by more talent, ranking amongst the best in program history; there's Michigan State transfer Korie Lucious, junior wing Melvin Ejim, inside-out big Anthony Booker and several freshmen that will garner playing time right away.
If Royce White had returned to Ames, the Cyclones would have likely been the Big 12 favorite this season. But even without White on the roster, Will Clyburn, gives the team a great chance to compete night-in and night-out and should be one of the top two or three newcomers in a loaded conference talent-wise.