Without Jamaal Tinlsey, teammate Marcus Fizer might not be the Big 12 Player of the Year, Larry Eustachy might not be Big 12 Coach of the Year and Iowa State probably wouldn't be Big 12 champions and a potential Final Four team.
Tinsley, a junior college transfer and the Big 12's Newcomer of the Year, put the swirl back in the Cyclones this season. The point guard's ability to shoot 3s, penetrate and dish freed up the inside Fizer, his All-American teammate. Tinsley is also his teams top defender, leading the Cyclones in steals. At 6-foot-3, he even ranks among the conference's leaders in blocked shots.
Without Tinsley, the Cyclones were just 15-15 a year ago. With him this season, Iowa State is 30-4 heading into its second-round NCAA game with Auburn in the Midwest region. Thanks to Tinsley, there has been a changing of the guard at Iowa State on the Cyclones' road to Indianapolis.