The front court situation for the Cyclones just got a little bit better as Merrill Holden, a 6'8" graduate transfer from Louisiana Tech, committed to Iowa State. Holden is currently still on his official visit and broke the good news to Steve Prohm on Saturday evening.
Chris Williams of Cyclone Fanatic was the first to report the news:
BREAKING: La. Tech grad transfer Merrill Holden tells CF he has signed w/ Iowa State. Details, quotes here. https://t.co/uYKiJLdWWj— Chris Williams (@ChrisMWilliams) May 8, 2016
Holden averaged 8.1 points and 5 rebounds during his junior campaign for the Bulldogs. He also proved to be a capable rim protector, blocking a little more than a shot per game and connected on 51.6% of his field goal attempts.
While not a significant contributor, Holden is an above average athlete (see YouTube video below) and gives the Cyclones another proven body on the interior. Along with Darrell Bowie (Northern Illinois), Holden is the second graduate transfer to join the program this offseason.
The signing does however, put Iowa State over the scholarship limit, but Prohm has hinted that news is likely to break over the next week about roster changes within the program. Whether that means a current player is transferring or one of the 2016 commits isn't making it to campus, we'll soon find out.
The signing also does create a bit of a class imbalance as Iowa State will now have six seniors on scholarship next season, making the 2017 class critically important to the future of program.