Former Penn State shooting guard Chris Babb signed a financial aid agreement with Iowa State on Wednesday, according to a press release from Iowa State.
Under NCAA rules, a transfer must sit out one year, but the release said Babb will use his redshirt year for the 2010-11 season.
Babb emerged as a long-range shooting threat last year, averaging 9.3 points per game while shooting 37.3 percent from 3-point range. Adding the 6-foot-5, 220 pound guard has Cyclones coach Fred Hoiberg looking forward to getting Babb on the floor.
"Chris brings an unbelievable ability to shoot the basketball," Hoiberg said in the press release. "He averaged double figures in Big Ten play last year and was a part of a Penn State team that won the 2009 NIT championship. He has a great build and will be able to handle the physical play of the Big 12. Growing up in Texas, he is also familiar with the Big 12 landscape."
After Babb announced his transfer in March, his father, Mike Babb, hinted his son would likely transfer to a Big 12 school, closer to their Arlington, Texas home.
In his sophomore year at Penn State, Babb averaged 3.2 rebounds per game, was second on the team with 69 assists and 22 steals and often drew the defensive assignment on the opposition's best perimeter player.
Iowa State finished last season 15-17 and went 4-12 in Big 12 play but upset then-No.5 Kansas State in overtime on March 6. Hoiberg was hired on April 27 and the 2010 season will mark his first as the head of the Iowa State program.
"This is a great opportunity for me to be able to play for Coach Hoiberg and Iowa State," Babb said in the press release. "I am excited to be a part of this program and help Coach Hoiberg get this team back where it used to be."