As always with any major college basketball opening now, McPherson native Brad Underwood’s name has been mentioned as a possible successor to Fred Hoiberg at Iowa State.
Hoiberg, known in Ames as “The Mayor,” was announced on Tuesday as the new head coach of the NBA’s Chicago Bulls after a wildly successful run as the Cyclones’ head coach.
Iowa State Daily.com has mentioned Underwood as one of five possible candidates, though columnist Garrett Kroeger is reporting that Hoiberg’s assistant T.J. Otzelberger is the top candidate.
Other names mentioned are Underwood, Valparaiso head coach Bryce Drew, UC-Irvine head coach Russell Turner and Dayton head coach Archie Miller.
Underwood has carved out an amazing two years at Stephen F. Austin University, leading the Lumberjacks to the NCAA Tournament twice. In 2014, the ‘Jacks stunned heavily favored VCU before losing in the second round to UCLA. Overall, Underwood is a dizzying 61-8 at the Texas school.
Underwood was an All-State player in 1982 at McPherson High for coach Jay Frazier, played on an Independence Junior College team that finished second in the nation in 1984 before closing out his career playing for Jack Hartman’s Kansas State Wildcats.