Steve Prohm secured his first piece of the 2017 recruiting class today as Wisconsin prep, Terrence Lewis announced his commitment to the Cyclones. Lewis chose the Cyclones over Illinois, UNLV and Marquette after unofficially visiting last weekend.
Iowa State has picked up a commitment from 4-star wing Terrence Lewis. Talented scorer/defender to start the class. pic.twitter.com/F2P48tDu4F— Alex Halsted (@AlexHalsted) August 9, 2016
Lewis is a 6’6” - 195 pound small forward out of the Milwaukee area, where Iowa State has deep recruiting ties. Ranked as the 100th best prospect in the country (22nd SF) for the 2017 class by 247 Sports, Lewis is a solid cornerstone for Prohm going forward as he looks to fill the six known scholarship vacancies that will be present after this season.
When you think of recent wing players at Iowa State, you think of guys like Rahshon Clark, Chris Babb, Melvin Ejim, Bryce Dejean-Jones and Dustin Hogue. In my eyes, Lewis is much more of a mix between Babb/Ejim. While he’s not an athletic mold of a guy like Clark or even Hogue, he’s a very capable ‘3 & D’ type like what Babb developed into.
Lewis resembles Ejim more in his ability to find seams and get to the basket by being shifty and creative around the hoop and using his length to get off a pretty polished floater. While Ejim was frequently playing more of a power forward type role, Lewis would flourish more as a 3 than a 4, although with his skill set, he could allow Prohm to continue to play small ball down the road as an undersized 4. You can check him out for yourself in the highlight videos below.
This is the type of guy that you can certainly build a class around. Terrence is pretty polished as far as high school prospects go, and with his ability to shoot and defend, he’s a guy that point guards should really enjoy playing with.
I’d look for another commitment or two as we near the 2017 early signing period in early November. As far as class breakdown, I’d guess about half of the six spots go to incoming freshmen, as Coach Prohm could utilize transfers, graduate transfers or JUCO prospects to help balance the classes going forward.