Bluford signs with Iowa State


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Coach Fred Hoiberg is the first one to leave the court after the Cyclones 73-88 loss to Kansas in the semifinals of the Big 12 tournament at the Sprint Center on March 15, 2013.  “The game plan was stuff we talked about all the time with our keys, is to take care of the basketball and control the glass. We talked about that every game as being the keys to us achieving the win. And we didn’t do a good job of that. Again, 14 turnovers, only ten assists, get out-rebounded by 10, and that’s not good enough against a great team like Kansas,” Hoiberg said following the game.

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The ISU men’s basketball team has signed K.J. Bluford, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound shooting guard from Northeast Community College in Nebraska, ISU coach Fred Hoiberg announced Wednesday. 

At his former school, Bluford averaged 17.8 points per game, earning his second-team All-Region XI honors for this past season. He also made 113 3-pointers this past season, shooting 38.8 percent from behind the arc. 

“We feel K.J. is one of the best junior college shooters in the nation,” Hoiberg said in a release. “He’s athletic, experienced and shoots with confidence. He will fit in perfectly in our up-tempo offense and we are looking forward to having him join our team.”

Bluford will fill the void left by departing shooting guards Chris Babb, Tyrus McGee and will join 2013 signees Matt Thomas, Monte Morris, Richard Amardi, Dustin Hogue and Daniel Edozie. 

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