Iowa State transfer KJ Bluford lands at Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona picks up transfer KJ Bluford as shown above, as coach Jack Murphy and staff bolster their roster and depth.

Iowa State shooting guard K.J. Bluford has left the 8th-ranked Cyclones after just 11 games and has decided to transfer to Northern Arizona University. Coach Fred Hoiberg announced Sunday that Bluford will transfer in hopes of getting more playing time. 6’2, 185 lb Bluford, is a junior who recently joined Iowa State from Northeast Community College in Nebraska. But he played in just seven games for the Cyclones (14-2), while averaging just 2.7 points. “I appreciate the opportunity that Coach Hoiberg and Iowa State University provided me,” Bluford said. “I wish the coaches and my teammates the best of luck the rest of the season.” Bluford had been counted on to bolster Iowa State’s perimeter shooting, which did not end up being the case. The junior college transfer said in February when he committed to Iowa State that he hoped to replace 3-point shooter Tyrus McGee this season. That role has fallen to other players on the ISU roster, and Bluford chose to transfer, seeking more playing time elsewhere.


The transfer out of Minneapolis, Minnesota will hope to bring his explosive athletic ability and high energy scoring to Northern Arizona and should impact the depth in there high power offense by head coach Jack Murphy. Murphy has a solid pedigree of coaching experience at all levels with the likes of Lute Olson (Arizona), George Karl (Denver Nuggets) and at Memphis under Josh Pastner, there’s no question Murphy is not only connected but knows how to win and develop players that want to win and get better.

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