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Iowa State welcomes transfers Clyburn, Lucious

Iowa State welcomes transfers Clyburn, Lucious

AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State rode a pair of one-and-done transfers to its first NCAA tournament appearance in seven years. The formula worked so well that the Cyclones will give it another go in 2012-13.

Iowa State lost perhaps the nation's most versatile player, Royce White, and standout senior guard Chris Allen from the team that went 23-11 before falling to eventual national champion Kentucky in the third round of the NCAA tournament.

Enter senior forward Will Clyburn and point guard Korie Lucious.

Clyburn, a 6-foot-7 forward, led Utah in scoring at 17.1 points per game in 2010-11 before transferring to Iowa State following a coaching change. Lucious, like Allen before him, fell out of favor with Michigan State coach Tom Izzo and decided to spend his final college season in Ames.

Clyburn and Lucious won't be eased into anything after spending the past year on the sidelines. They'll be asked to contribute significantly and immediately to a team that lost its top three scorers.

``I expect big years out of both Korie and Will. They've been great as far as leading these young guys,'' Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg said Wednesday during the team's annual media day.

Lucious is likely more well known in Ames and beyond for his high-profile stint playing for the Spartans. Clyburn might be the one who'll make a bigger impact for Iowa State.

Clyburn rose to prominence in his second season at nearby Marshalltown Community College with 19.6 points and nearly nine boards a game. He quickly adapted to Division I, leading the Utes in scoring, rebounding, 3-pointers and steals.

It's fitting that Clyburn would step into the role vacated by White, who led the Cyclones in five major statistical categories in 2011-12. But while White was a one-of-a-kind point forward with superior strength and passing skills, Clyburn is more of a traditional small forward who can do things power forwards do.

``Will is a kid that can beat you from all over the floor. He's a guy that can facilitate offense. You can post him up against smaller players,'' Hoiberg said. ``You lose Royce and you wonder who's going to make up those 10 rebounds (a game) that we lose there. And Will is getting everything.''

The comparisons between Clyburn and White are inevitable. Both are forwards who can beat defenders off the dribble on offense and float between the perimeter and the paint on both side of the ball.

Clyburn isn't as strong as White, but unlike White he'll give Iowa State an outside shooting threat. Clyburn shot 40 percent from 3-point range in his only season at Utah.

``I hear it, but I don't pay attention to it. I just know that Royce is Royce and Will is Will,'' Clyburn said.

The Cyclones thrived last season despite the lack of a true point guard. Lucious should solve that problem.

Lucious was never asked to score much at Michigan State. With the likes of Clyburn, junior forward Melvin Ejim and senior shooting guard Chris Babb playing with him in Ames, Lucious will likely distribute more than points than score at Iowa State as well.

But Hoiberg also made sure to remind folks of the buzzer-beating 3 Lucious hit to beat Maryland and send the Spartans to the regional semifinals in 2010 as proof that he can score if asked to.

``He's very talented. We'll play more traditional this year. You'll see us have a point guard again,'' Hoiberg said about Lucious. ``What that will allow us to do is play a little faster.''

Clyburn and Lucious, much like White, Allen and other Cyclones before them, were at least able to commiserate over their unique but shared experience of sitting out a year as upperclassmen.

They won't have much time together on the court in Ames. But in that brief time they'll be asked to do a lot - and both said they're ready to accept such a major role for a team with legitimate NCAA tournament expectations.

``I'm just grateful for the opportunity. It's been so long since I've stepped on a college court and played in a college game,'' Lucious said. ``I'm anxious about it and I'm happy that it's here.''

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Why Trent Williams is the one holding the leverage when it comes to his situation with the Redskins

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Why Trent Williams is the one holding the leverage when it comes to his situation with the Redskins

Trent Williams wasn't at the Redskins' mandatory June minicamp or any of their OTA sessions, either, with reports suggesting he wants more money, is upset with the organization's medical staff or a combination of the two.

But even by not attending any offseason practice, Williams showed the Redskins something very important.

If he's not at left tackle for the team in 2019, the entire offense might fail. Not having their anchor on the left side could be an anchor to the whole campaign.

Even in sessions where the defensive line wasn't playing with full ferocity, they often times had no problems getting into the faces of Dwayne Haskins and Case Keenum. Jay Gruden absolutely noticed. It was impossible not to.

Yes, it's necessary to point out Williams wasn't the only one missing up front. In fact, the collection was basically made up of second-stringers.

However, Morgan Moses, Brandon Scherff and Chase Roullier are all slated to be back when meaningful football resumes. Gruden, the passers and the running backs don't have to worry about them.

Yet they should all be quite petrified at the thought of not having No. 71 around.

A massive reason why is because of the present choices behind him. Ereck Flowers was brought in to try and be used at left guard, but with Williams absent, he saw heavy action on the outside. The results reminded everyone there of why he's being moved to the interior.

Aside from Flowers, the 'Skins have players like Tyler Catalina and Timon Parris on the roster. They fared better than Flowers when the media was able to watch practices in Ashburn, but they're nowhere close to being starting-caliber options, let alone ready to serve as replacements for one of the franchise's top contributors of the 2000s.  

That's a major factor into why it feels like Williams holds the leverage in his standoff with the Burgundy and Gold. There are other factors as well.

Whether or not Haskins wins the job coming out of Richmond remains to be seen. With that being said, the 15th overall pick will eventually take over as signal caller, and figures to take over for the long-term future. Haskins' early career beginning with someone other than Williams protecting him is the opposite of ideal.

Then, there's the fact that many decision makers believe the Redskins are "close" to breaking through. That step forward will not happen if Williams isn't suiting up.

Now, the team could just wait Williams out and see if he's really committed to the reported "vow" he's taken to never play in DC again. Would he still be content to not show up once he starts losing out on hefty game checks?

That's something the front office may decide to find out, and that route could easily force Williams into a place where he has to make the first move. It's a card they're holding, and a key card at that.

But still, the Redskins have a head coach who badly needs to succeed starting in September, an offense predicated on running the ball, a prized young QB about to embark on his NFL life and leaders up top who could use positive results on the field.

All of that is largely why, in his Tuesday story, JP Finlay wrote that perhaps improving Williams' contract and getting him back in the locker room appears to be how this'll all play out.

The storyline this offseason absolutely wasn't supposed to be about a battle between the Redskins and Trent Williams, but as of now, that's the topic everyone's talking about. It's now in Washington's best interest to ensure it doesn't carry over beyond Week 1.

For that to happen, it seems like the team will have to appease the player. That's not common in the NFL, but not many players find themselves with the leverage Williams possesses.  

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Report: Deputy considering lawsuit against Raptors' Masai Ujiri

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Report: Deputy considering lawsuit against Raptors' Masai Ujiri

The sheriff's deputy who allegedly got into an altercation with Raptors president of operations Masai Ujiri has retained a lawyer and is considering filing a lawsuit against the Raptors executive, according to a report. 

David Mastagni, the newly hired attorney, told San Francisco TV station KPIX reporter Katie Nielsen and the Associated Press that the Alameda County sheriff's deputy was unable to work and had a concussion from the incident following the Raptors' NBA championship win at Oracle Arena last week.

Sgt. Ray Kelly told NBC Sports Washington last week that Ujiri wasn't wearing the proper credentials to celebrate with the Raptors on the court at Oracle Arena after his team won the final. When the sheriff's deputy tried to stop him, according to Kelly, he was pushed and struck in the face by Ujiri. 

Ujiri was eventually identified and allowed on the floor. He was seen moments later celebrating with the Raptors players on the ABC broadcast. 

Last week a Raptors spokesperson told NBC Sports Washington that the incident “is being looked at, and we are cooperating with authorities. We look forward to resolving the situation.” When reached on Tuesday, the spokesperson said there was no further comment.

On Tuesday, KPIX's Nielsen reported that Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern had reviewed body camera and security camera footage of the incident and supports the deputy. According to the report,  he is recommending the case move forward to the District Attorney for charges of misdemeanor battery of a police officer.

NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig reported earlier that the Wizards were preparing an offer to try to lure Ujiri from Toronto to take the vacant top position in the team's front office - though Ujiri, while celebrating at the parade in Toronto on Monday, might have hinted that he wasn't interested in leaving quite yet. "We will continue to win in Toronto," he told fans.

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