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Simeon Carter to Transfer from Iowa State

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Iowa State released a statement this afternoon indicating Simeon Carter’s desire to transfer. Coach Steve Prohm met with Simeon after the conclusion of the season, in which the 6’8” sophomore forward expressed his interest in finding a new home.

"We wish him the best and will assist him in any way we can as he looks for a new school." - Iowa State Head Coach Steve Prohm

Carter didn’t see too many minutes in his two years with the Cyclones, averaging just 2.3 minutes per contest in six games this past season. Carter was part of Steve Prohm’s first class after arriving to Iowa State that was pieced together in a rush after Fred Hoiberg’s departure. He had originally committed to SMU, but headed to Ames after a delay in the admissions process at SMU.

Where do the Cyclones go from here?

Iowa State had been recruiting other forwards for the three vacant scholarship positions, and this departure doesn’t necessarily come as a surprise. There’s offseason attrition every year, and it’s often known in-house prior to being made official by the University.

Some names to keep an eye on in the front court would be Shakur Juiston and Alexis Yetna. Juiston. Juiston is a 6’7” forward from Hutchinson Community College in Kansas. Steve Prohm has been in a couple times on him including after the win in Allen Fieldhouse. Yetna is probably the last prep prospect considered at this time for the class. Yetna is a 6’8” forward, originally from Paris, France, and is now at Putnam Science academy.

Iowa Western big man De’Quon Lake’s name had been thrown around with Iowa State for a while, but he reportedly named a final three of Arizona State, Kansas State, and Rutgers this past week. Iowa State will likely need at least two immediately eligible bigs to pair with the Lard, Young, and Kasongo trio.

I would also anticipate Iowa State looking at transfers (specifically graduate) at the guard position. The graduate transfer market is always more fruitful at guard than at forward simply because there are far more serviceable guards than forwards out there. Daryl Edwards is a 6’4” guard out of Northwest Florida State College, and is very much in play, and would be the logical choice should the staff choose to go that direction. Either way I would expect at least one spot to be filled with a sharp shooting backcourt component