Tyrus McGee Leads Cyclone Bench Crew
AMES, Iowa- Early returns are in. Tyrus McGee is one of the nation's best sixth-men. A senior guard from Stringtown, Okla., McGee has been sensational coming off the bench for the Cyclones so far this season.
McGee is averaging 14.8 points, which ties for the team lead, in just 23.0 minutes of action through six games for the Cyclones. His lethal shooting from the perimenter is the main reason for his success. He currently leads the Big 12 and ranks 32nd nationally in 3-pointers per game (3.0). Four times this season the sharpshooter has made at least four 3-pointers in a game.
McGee has been extremely efficient. He's connecting on 47.4 percent (18-38 3FG) of his shots from downtown, a clip which ranks 41st in the nation. In his career, McGee has made 41.2 percent of his 3-point shots to rank fifth all-time in school history.
His energy and hustle have provided an instant spark for the Cyclone offense this year.
Rating the top bench players in college basketball can be difficult to quantify, but you would struggle to find a more productive player from off the bench this season than McGee.
Research from the Iowa State archives on the most productive bench players in school history in regards to scoring illustrates that McGee is on pace to be one of the best in Cyclone history.
Iowa State didn't start keeping track of starts on the stat sheets until the 1979-80 season. We went back into the records to find out which players had the best scoring averages while starting less than half their games since then.
If the season ended today, McGee would be at the top of the list. He would also be joined by his teammates Georges Niang, a true freshman for the Cyclones who is averaging 11.3 points, and Percy Gibson, a sophomore who is averaging 8.5 points. Both post players have yet to start a game this year.
McGee, Niang and Gibson all rank in the top-five in scoring for the Cyclones this season while contributing as members of the Cyclone bench. The trio is the main reason Iowa State is averaging 35.3 points and is responsible for 42.9 percent of the team's scoring from its bench.
McGee does have two starts this year, filling in for senior Chris Babb, who missed the first two games while serving a team suspension. It's the only two starts of McGee's 40-game career.
Here is the list of the top scoring bench players in a season in Iowa State history since 1979-80. Only two players in school history have ended a season averaging double figures in scoring while starting less than half their games played: Sam Mack (1988-89, 11.8 ppg) and Kirk Baker (1989-90, 10.5 ppg).
1. Tyrus McGee, 2012-13; 14.8 ppg; 6-2 GP-GS
2. Sam Mack, 1988-89; 11.8 ppg; 29-14 GP-GS
3. Georges Niang, 2012-13; 11.3 ppg; 6-0 GP-GS
4. Kirk Baker, 1989-90; 10.5 ppg; 24-4 GP-GS
5. Percy Gibson, 2012-13; 8.5 ppg; 6-0 GP-GS
6. Hurl Beechum, 1994-95; 8.4 ppg; 34-10 GP-GS
7. Tyray Pearson, 2000-01; 8.4 ppg; 29-0 GP-GS
8. Marcus Jefferson, 2002-03; 8.4 ppg; 29-2 GP-GS
9. Bob Fowler, 1979-80; 8.3 ppg; 17-8 GP-GS
10. Paul Shirley, 1997-98; 8.1 ppg; 30-14 GP-GS