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December 18, 2013

Hogue blossoming into star for No. 17 Iowa State

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Hogue's offense was raw, and even Hoiberg wondered how he'd handle going from constantly pressing defensively to playing mostly man-to-man.

But Hoiberg, a former standout shooter during a decade-long career in the NBA, helped Hogue fix his jump shot by taking his guide hand off the ball and eliminating his tendency to drift on jumpers.

Is also turned out that Hogue was ready to thrive in a more complex Division I system.

As Hoiberg put it, Hogue is "as smart a basketball player as we have on this team."

"Coaches saw me as being athletic. They didn't let me showcase everything that I could do like passing or playing defense. They just wanted me to do a specific thing," Hogue said. "Coach Hoiberg, he just let me play the game and utilize all of my talents."

It also helped that Iowa State needed those talents immediately.

Hogue got a shot to make an immediate impact when star Melvin Ejim — who is also 6-foot-6 and has a very similar skill set to Hogue's — missed the first two games with a knee injury.

Hogue had 10 points and nine rebounds in Iowa State's opener and 13 points — on 3-of-3 shooting from 3-point range — the next time out. Ejim was back when Iowa State hosted Michigan on Nov. 17, but by then Hoiberg couldn't keep Hogue out of the lineup.

"Me, coming out and producing that way I was, I think that that confidence for the beginning of the season has just kept going on," Hogue said.

Hogue responded with the first double-double of his career, and over the past month he's been one of Iowa State's best players.

Hogue's signature performance came two weeks ago in a 99-70 thrashing of Auburn. He had 16 points and 12 rebounds in the first half — reaching double-digits in less than 12 minutes of play — to help Iowa State reel off a 27-5 run and secure a blowout victory.

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