Iowa State hosted a number of recruits over the weekend, and we learned Saturday night that Dustin Hogue, a 6'6" wing from Indian Hills Community College, committed to play for Fred Hoiberg.
Hogue will have two years of eligibility and will join the Cyclones for the 2013-2014 campaign. Hogue joins his fellow IHCC teammate Richard Amardi as a Cyclone commit.
ISU also has commitments from high school prospects, Matt Thomas and Monte Morris.
This is a critically important class for Iowa State as they lose seniors Chris Babb, Anthony Booker, Tyrus McGee, Korie Lucious and Will Clyburn after this upcoming season. Factor in the uncertain status of junior guard Bubu Palo, and there's a lot of roster space to fill.
Listed below is how ISU's roster and scholarship situation for the 2013-2014 season currently looks.
F Percy Gibson - 6'9" 260, Junior
F Georges Niang - 6'7" 245, Sophomore
F Melvin Ejim - 6'6" 230, Senior
G Sherron Dorsey - Walker - 6'4" 190, Sophomore
G/F Nkereuwem Okoro - 6'5" 230, Sophomore
G Naz Long - 6'4" 210, Sophomore
F Richard Amardi - 6'9" 220, Senior
F Dustin Hogue - 6'6" 210, Junior
G Matt Thomas - 6'4" 190, Freshman
G Monte Morris - 6'1" 175, Freshman
As you can see, Iowa State will be fielding a much younger team, especially in the back court, and there are still a few open scholarships left to fill.
It's purely speculation (as is any recruiting analysis), but I would expect Iowa State to fill at least one of those open scholarships with a junior college guard. Then again, The Mayor could go the transfer route to find an experienced commodity from the major college ranks.
I'd also keep an eye on post prospects that Iowa State is targetting. Whether that post player comes in the form of a high school or college athlete remains to be seen, but ISU will need to build depth in the front court to complete future rosters.