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Darien Williams Released From Letter of Intent

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News broke late Saturday afternoon that Darien Williams, Iowa State's lone recruit for the 2015 class, had been granted a full release from his letter of intent. Travis Hines of the Ames Tribune had the scoop.

(read Hines' full story here)

According to the piece from Hines, Williams felt that another school would offer a better situation for his basketball career. The departure of the former Iowa Western Community College product will leave Iowa State with four open scholarships heading into next season.

The Cyclones return four starters and two other members of last year's 8-man rotation and will add in Hallice Cooke, a transfer from Oregon State, but with the loss of Williams, Fred Hoiberg needs eligible bodies, especially inside. Marquette transfer, Deonte Burton, will be eligible after first semester.

Williams had stated earlier in the week that former assistant coach Matt Abdelmassih's decision to leave for St. John's would cause him to reevaluate things and five days later, he clearly has.