Report: South Dakota State to Hire Iowa State Assistant T.J. Otzelberger as Head Coach

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Realistic candidate: T.J. Otzelberger – ISU assistant coach who is considered the most likely successor.

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State assistant men’s basketball coach T.J. Otzelberger is officially getting the chance to lead his own team, according to ESPN.

Otzelberger, the top recruiter and assistant for the Cyclones, will be named head coach of South Dakota State, the report says.

The 38-year-old, who unsuccessfully interviewed for the Iowa State head coaching job last season after Fred Hoiberg left for the NBA, is credited for playing a major role in landing a number of Cyclones, including Georges Niang, Naz Mitrou-Long, Matt Thomas and Melvin Ejim, among others.

He was an assistant for Iowa State from 2006-13, and then again the past two seasons.

A press conference is scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday.