On Wednesday, we finally were treated to some long-awaited recruiting news on the basketball front. With Fred Hoiberg's surgery and T.J. Otzelberger transitioning back into his top assistant role on staff, things had gone a little quiet in the last week or two.
Travis Hines of the Ames Tribune passed along that Tyler Harris, formerly of Providence would be in Ames this weekend on an official visit. The 6'9" Harris is a graduate transfer that will be immediately eligible for the '15-'16 season and as a face-up forward, would provide some much needed size and scoring ability to Iowa State's front line.
Six-foot-9 Providence transfer Tyler Harris is expected to visit Iowa State this weekend, multiple sources tell the Ames Tribune.— Travis Hines (@TravisHines21) April 22, 2015
Harris has bounced around the collegiate landscape, spending a year at North Carolina State before making his way to Providence for the last few years. Now, he's looking for the right landing spot to round out his college career.
After averaging 11.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game as a sophomore with the Friars, Harris' numbers took a slight dip during his junior campaign where he averaged 9.9 points and 4.0 rebounds per contest. Notably, he also saw his minutes drop from 32.2 to 26.7.
Harris has decent range and at least has to be respected on the perimeter, though he did only knock down 30.5% of his 3-point shots in two years at Providence.
Here are some highlights from Harris' sophomore season:
Harris won't be alone on his visit as Iowa State will also be hosting Nick Noskowiak. The Sun Prairie, Wisconsin prep and one-time Marquette commit has reportedly narrowed his list to the Cyclones and USC and might just leave Ames this weekend as the newest future Cyclone.
Noskowiak doesn't exactly figure to be a lock for playing time next season, but provides a long-term solution in the back court that will be heavy with upperclassmen. Ranked as a top 100 prospect by Rivals, he's not a bad candidate to fill the void that Clayton Custer left either.
Hines also reported (and really, this whole post is an homage to Hines' great work) that Iowa State has also taken an interest in Michigan transfer Max Bielfeldt. While not as skilled as Harris, Bielfeldt is yet another graduate transfer that will be immediately eligible and brings three years of major conference experience with him.
Our SB Nation network sister site, Maize 'N Brew reports that Bielfeldt may have been pushed out by John Beilein as the Wolverines have already filled all 13 available scholarships for next year, but apparently they were planning all along to release Bielfeldt. They also quoted this little nugget:
Bielfeldt didn't list any specific suitors he's currently talking to, but said he's hearing from a few schools in the Missouri Valley Conference, one from the Big 12, one from the from the Big East and "one out west."
"I have about six or seven schools right now that I'm talking to that I'm interested in, but it's definitely still early and I'm definitely still open to new schools coming and contacting me," Bielfeldt said.
That "one from the Big 12" would assuredly have to be Iowa State given Hines' report. Hines mentions that the Cyclones will be coming to visit Bielfeldt and no return visit has been lined up yet to get him to Ames. Bielfeldt's numbers look rather pedestrian on the surface, but if nothing else, he could help bolster Iowa State's depth in the paint.
In 30 games this past year, he averaged 5.1 points and 3.6 rebounds, including just under 1.5 offensive rebounds per contest. He also shot 48.1% from the floor and showed some ability to step outside, attempting 30 threes on the year (though he only connected on 8 of those attempts). Underwhelming? Sure, but Iowa State needs an extra body or two inside.
Going back to the prep side of things, Hines threw in that Iowa State coaches would be actively watching Iowa City West and 2017 product, Devonte Lane, as well as 2016 small forward and Wisconsin native, Sam Hauser. The top prospects in the country, however, will be in Lexington, Kentucky as part of the EYBL circuit and Iowa State will have representation to take in the action.
If you're on Twitter and you're not following Hines, I recommend giving him a follow, especially this weekend as he'll likely be among the first to break any news. If WRNL is your one and only source for Iowa State news, we'll do our best to pass along any news we lay eyes on.
(I'll now end my fanboy gushing)