FINALLY! The multi-year recruiting saga of Emmanuel Malou has come to an end, and to the joy of the fans, staff and Malou himself, the #3 rated JUCO prospect in the country is officially a Cyclone. Coach Prohm and his staff have gone about their business, putting together what is currently rated a 'Top 25' class by 247 Sports as Malou joins Donovan Jackson and Solomon Young in the cardinal and gold.
2016 Commitments to Date
Donovan Jackson - 8/30
Solomon Young - 8/31
Emmanuel Malou - 9/18
Time for a Quick Dump
While I'm gone, feel free to catch up on a few relevant tidbits from the last couple weeks in addition to the Malou news.
YES, EVEN IOWA. Tyler Cook, an ESPN Top 60 power forward who held an offer from Iowa State had cut his list to the two schools he visited; Iowa and Florida. Then he made a choice. (link may cause nausea)
JUCO SHOWDOWN. Iowa State's tilts against the Sooners will feature a matchup of two of the top JUCO point guards in the country as Darrion Strong makes his way to Norman.
FRESH OUT OF WTF, USA. After naming a final four of Wisconsin, Iowa State, Illinois and Miami (FL), Xavier Simpson decided that Michigan was the place for him. Because 'crootin.
SOUND THE HORNE. Three star PF recruit, Jeriah Horne narrowed his list, and there's no Iowa State.
GIVE A VOL A BONE. Top 100 point guard Jordan Bone, committed to Tennessee. Bone, and Team Thad teammates Jaylen Fisher and Micah Thomas, all received offers this summer from Coach Prohm. Crystal ball is leaning Memphis for Fisher and Baylor for Thomas.
SLAP ON THE WRIST. Iowa State had recently been in to check out Top 100 shooting guard Zach Norvell from Chicago. He looks to be out for the next few weeks with a wrist injury.
Updated Scholarship Chart
Three spots filled and three to go for 2016! I still wouldn't be surprised to see Ashton earn a scholarship, at least for this year.
Upcoming Visit Schedule
|Jakolby Long||6'4" - 200 lbs.||SG||2016 HS||October 3 (Kansas)|
Reports are also out there that a 6'7" forward by the name of Adrio Bailey from Louisiana will be making his way to Ames for an official visit. In addition to a visit to Iowa State, Bailey will also head to Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Wichita State and Louisiana Tech.
Let's Talk Jakolby Long
We've seen a lot of discussion regarding the interior and point guard positions, but where does Iowa State go on the wing in the future? That question may just be answered with Jakolby Long. Coach Prohm has been in on the 6'4" SG from Oklahoma for a while now, and even brought former Murray State star point guard Cameron Payne with him to see Long earlier this week.
Iowa State has a lot of depth at the wing positions in the coming years, which makes it a great spot to take someone with a good amount of upside and develop them into a quality Big 12 player. That's what I think you'll see from the following video. He's not the most explosive athlete, and his release is a bit flatter than most (albeit efficient), but he's smart, lengthy, defends well and uses his body wisely when attacking the lane. If you go back and look at Sherron Dorsey-Walker's recruiting tapes, you'll see a lot of similarities. Hopefully we get a chance to see how that development plays out in an Iowa State uniform.
Long has 16 offers and counting from the likes of Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Missouri, Georgia and Witchita State in addition to Iowa State. The Cyclones were in on him early and often, and the lone crystal ball prediction favors the good guys. Hopefully we're in line for a commitment following his visit to Ames next weekend.
Is it too early to look to the 2017 & 2018 classes?
Probably for us as fans, but what do you care? You've made it this far, so you might as well finish the damn thing. By the looks of things, Coach Prohm is looking more and more to pluck his high school point guard out of the 2017 class rather than scrambling to try and find a fit this late for 2016 after already landing Jackson.
Romello White could still pay dividends
Even though Romello White is headed to Georgia Tech, his recruitment might still pay off for Coach Prohm and the Cyclones. It's no secret that Prohm is looking to find the next point guard to grab the reigns after the Morris/Jackson tandem, and one target he has taken a look at is White's teammate, Darius Perry. Ranked the 64th overall prospect and 16th best point guard in the 2017 class by 247 Sports, Perry is drawing interest from the likes of Maryland, Alabama, Auburn, and Florida State in addition to the Cyclones.
Point guards are all the rage
Collin Sexton could be another point guard name to watch for. The Cyclones have reportedly offered the 2017 point guard out of Atlanta along with Kansas State, Ole Miss and (cough) UAB. Sexton stands 6'1" 155 and has great explosiveness and scoring ability. I wouldn't be surprised at all to see him add more high-major offers as the season progresses.
Staying out east, Iowa State has offered 6'3" point guard, Blake Harris from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Projected as the 117th best prospect in the 2017 class, Harris has received interest from about every ACC school in addition to West Virginia and Iowa State.
Another Younger Brother
If you remember former Tennessee standout Jarnell Stokes, who is now with the Memphis Grizzlies, you may be excited to know that he's got a younger brother with a very similar build and game. Clearly, he's drawing interest from the local schools (Memphis and Tennessee), but he performed particularly well in an AAU tournament out in Las Vegas, and thus his recruitment picked up a bit.
Fit for a King
Bo Ryan is out there still doing Bo Ryan things, even after threatening retirement. Kobe King, a 2017 Top 100 shooting guard from La Crosse, Wisconsin, committed to Wisconsin earlier this month. King had been in for an unofficial visit to Iowa State in August, but alas, the Cyclones were unable to pull King away from his home state Badgers.
Minnesota has some talent
Iowa State has been busy in the land of 10,000 lakes lately. The Cyclones have been in to see three different 2017 prospects and a winger for the 2018 class.
6'8" Theo John and 6'0" McKinley Wright are teammates from Champlin Park, Minnesota. Iowa State has been in to watch and work out those two 2017 prospects. Other schools already showing interest in the pair include Minnesota, Nebraska, and Marquette, among others.
It also appears that Iowa State has checked out DeLeSalle Catholic teammates Goanar Mar and Gabe Kalscheur. Mar is a 6'7" forward prospect for the 2017 class. He has recently visited Wisconsin and Minnesota unofficially, but he's received offers from most of the major players in the B1G.
Kalscheur is one of the first 2018 prospects that the new staff has checked in on. Gabe is a 6'3" combo guard who is looking to burst out on the scene this coming year after already having received interest from the likes of Wisconsin and Minnesota.
As always, feel free to comment with any recruiting questions, or hit me up on the twitter machine @tom_danielson.