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2016 Recruiting Class Taking Shape

The college basketball recruiting big board saw a lot of names come off last week as fifteen prospects rated three stars or higher pledged their commitments to programs across the country, including 4-star prospect Romello White heading to Georgia Tech.

Coach Gregory's roster got a welcome boost Saturday afternoon.
Coach Gregory's roster got a welcome boost Saturday afternoon.
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Dominoes are starting to fall left and right, including here at Iowa State, with Emmanuel Malou's commitment last Friday. Three other Cyclone targets have made their intentions public over the past few days, and while none are choosing to bring their talents to Ames, Prohm & Co. are still sitting pretty as we close in on the beginning of the 2015 season.

Without giving away all my monthly sermon material, here's some news and notes to help distract you from what happened in Toledo on Saturday.

Romello White Puts on a Yellow Jacket

White frequently mentioned two big factors when asked about his commitment; proximity to home and opportunity to play and showcase his talents in the ACC from day one on the Georgia Tech campus. Romello was scheduled to come to Ames for an official visit for the Iowa game, but postponed that visit at the time and now will likely never make his way to Cyclone Country. In addition to Iowa State, White was considering offers from South Carolina, Auburn, Tennessee and others.

Coffey and Cook Seek Other Kitchens

Another top 2016 prospect also chose to stay close to home on Monday, when Amir Coffey announced his intention to attend the University of Minnesota.

Coffey had been down to an unofficial list of two for weeks it seems, Texas and Minnesota. So why follow the recruitment of the highly touted Minnesota guard after Iowa State's name has been all but ruled out? The answer to that question is two fold. First, if Shaka Smart was able to pluck the athletic wing from under the Gophers' nose, it would have been a huge coup for the Longhorns. Second, Coffey took an official to Gopher Land with another Iowa State target in Eric Curry, and Coffey's commitment could play a part in what Curry decides to do later this week as the two have developed a friendship through the recruiting process.

JUCO Power Forward, Arlando Cook, eliminated Iowa State from contention on Sunday when listing his final five, and didn't take long to go from five schools to one, as he announced his plans to attend Nevada in 2016 less than 24 hours after the cut to five.

This move was likely not at all surprising to Iowa State folk as the Cyclones already accepted the pledge of a 2016 JUCO forward in Emmanuel Malou, but the 2016 front court could still use some depth as we've yet to see any of the forwards on the 2016-2017 roster in an Iowa State uniform.

Curry Provides the Spice

As noted earlier, 6'8" Arkansas power forward prospect Eric Curry plans to decide sometime this week between Iowa State, Arkansas and Minnesota. Coffey's commitment to the Gophers only helps their case in landing the talented big man, and Arkansas is also in good position with room in their front court available after missing on Arlando Cook. We'll be watching this story unfold carefully over the course of the week and we'll dive more into where Coach Prohm and the Cyclones are likely to focus going forward in this month's sermon, coming later this week.