National college basketball writer Reid Forgrave joined us on the podcast to discuss a number of college basketball topics, including how far he thinks this veteran group of Cyclones can go.
As spring football has begun across the nation, we first discussed Reid’s piece about a former Iowa high school football player that took his own life after suffering from CTE. We highly encourage you to check it out. It has certainly changed the way many of us view the game.
We transitioned to a lighter note and discussed some college basketball, specifically our Iowa State Cyclones. With a veteran laden group, we asked Reid how far he thought Iowa State could go.
"In the past I’ve been guilty of penciling in Iowa State to the Final Four. I won’t be doing that this year, but I think if Deonte Burton gets hot it could happen. Second weekend is probably a good goal for this team," Reid explained.
With a 63 to 5 assist to turnover ratio in the month of February, we discussed just how awesome Monte Morris is. Where does he stack up against the other elite point guards in college basketball?
"There are certainly guys more athletic and NBA ready than Morris, but in terms of what he means to a team, he is right up there. I see him possibly having a 10 year career in the NBA playing 10-15 minutes a night just for his ball security skills," Forgrave added.
Morris has already won two Big 12 Tournament championships and is seeking his third. We discussed the fun times in Kansas City at the tournament and how it compares with other conference tournaments around the nation.
"I think it probably has the best atmosphere of them all. The old Big East tournament was great in Madison Square Garden, but the location of the Sprint Center next to the Power and Light District makes the environment great for fans," he explained.
We talked national college basketball story-lines such as Northwestern most likely locking up what will be their first NCAA Tournament bid in school history among others.
Reid recently wrote an interesting piece on Kentucky basketball player De’Aaron Fox, one of the top prospects in the upcoming NBA Draft. Fox, who plays around 6 hours of video games a day, has used his multi-tasking ability to become a more savvy basketball player.
We appreciate Reid taking the time to join us on the podcast. Check out some of his latest work on GQ and BleacherReport.
You can follow Reid on Twitter: @ReidForgrave