Korie Lucious Will Be A Cyclone
AMES, Iowa- Iowa State head men's basketball coach Fred Hoiberg announced today that Korie Lucious, a former player at Michigan State who scored 439 points and made 95 3-pointers in 2 ½ seasons with the Spartans, will transfer to Iowa State for the 2011-12 season. Lucious signed a financial aid agreement to attend Iowa State this afternoon.
A native of Milwaukee, Wis., the 5-11, 175-pound point guard will redshirt next year under the NCAA transfer rules and will be a redshirt senior in 2012-13.
"Korie is an accomplished point guard with valuable experience playing at the highest level," Hoiberg said. "He is a point guard that can run a team, make plays and score in both transition and in the half-court. Korie will fit in great in our up-tempo style and we are excited to have him join our program."
Lucious played in 92 games and started seven games in his Spartan career, averaging 4.8 points and 2.6 assists. He averaged 6.5 points and 4.1 assists in 18 games at MSU in 2010-11, scoring a career-high 20 points at Duke.
As a freshman in 2008-09, Lucious averaged 3.2 points and dished out 47 assists on MSU's team which played in the national championship game. He started six games as a sophomore (2009-10), averaging 5.6 points and 3.3 assists while helping the Spartans reach the Final Four and claim their second-straight Big Ten title.
Lucious averaged 9.2 points in five NCAA Tournament games in 2010, starting the last three games after Kalin Lucas suffered a season-ending injury. In all, Lucious played in 11 NCAA Tournament games in his first two seasons in East Lansing.
"I really felt Coach Hoiberg and his connections made Iowa State the best place for me," Lucious said. "It's the best opportunity for me in continuing my playing career. I am really excited to be teammates with Chris Allen again. He is one of my closest friends. I know I won't be able to play next year, but I can work hard every day in practice and make the team better. I can't wait to get there."
Lucious earned Division I WBCA and Associated Press First-Team All-State honors in 2008 after leading his Pius XI High School team to the regional final of the state tournament. He averaged 21.6 points and 6.0 assists as a senior, as Scout.com rated him the 95th-best player in the nation and Rivals.com listed him as No. 98 nationally in the 2008 high school rankings. He was named Classic Eight Conference Player of the Year as a junior in 2007, averaging 24.2 points and 5.4 assists.