How Hoiberg has Cyclones rolling

Local legend has molded Iowa State into perennial Big 12 contender

Updated: June 16, 2014, 4:56 PM ET
By Seth Greenberg | ESPN Insider

Fred HoibergReese Strickland/USA TODAY SportsFred Hoiberg has done a great job leading an increasingly dangerous Cyclones team.

Fred Hoiberg has brought the "magic" back to Hilton Coliseum and Iowa State Cyclones basketball.

Nicknamed "The Mayor," Hoiberg grew up in Ames and played for both Johnny Orr and Tim Floyd. Now, as the coach of the Cyclones, Hoiberg has led his team to three consecutive NCAA tournaments and has developed a program capable of continued success.

The question is: how? How has a guy with absolutely no college coaching experience built a consistent winner in Ames? And why has he decided to forgo opportunities to return to the NBA and instead stay with the Cyclones?

At first glance, the Cyclones stand out as an eclectic group. Their roster boasts a blend of transfers, former junior college ballers and true freshmen -- an unconventional mixture that has nevertheless produced some excellent basketball. Let's take a look at how he's done it.