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Iowa State’s 2020 Basketball Recruiting Preview

Previewing Iowa State’s 2020 recruiting class


Iowa State’s program has been built off of transfers and low-profile recruits. Now that Steve Prohm and Fred Hoiberg were so successful they have the luxury of going after the top guys. The Cyclones tip-off the 2019-20 season in only 51 days, so it would be a great time to preview the possible future recruits of the Cyclones program.

Xavier Foster, 7’0” C, Oskaloosa, Iowa: (4-Star/58th on 247sports)

Xavier Foster is the number one recruit in the state of Iowa for the 2020 graduating class. If the Cyclones were Foster’s choice of school, it would be their fifth highest ranked recruit of all time. He has not yet narrowed his list, but hometown Iowa State is rumored to be very high on it. Since 2018 Foster has visited Rutgers, Kansas, Iowa State, UCLA, Baylor, Virginia Tech, and some other school in Iowa that has an irrelevant basketball program. It is looking more and more like it will unfortunately come down to an in-state battle between Iowa State and Iowa for Foster. He was spotted at the Cy-Hawk game on Saturday wearing Iowa State gear, so that looks to be a good sign.

Kerwin Walton, 6’4” G, Hopkins, Minnesota: (4-star/96th on 247sports)

Kerwin is a very talented guard who plays for the best basketball program in Minnesota. He is a knockdown shooter, something of need for the Cyclones. Walton has just started taking his official visits, with two to Minnesota and Arizona within the last month, but the Cyclones are said to be very high on his list. There will need to be more development in his recruitment until we can see where Kerwin is leaning.

Ben Carlson, 6’9” F, East Ridge, Minnesota: (4-star/81st on 247sports)

Carlson has narrowed his list of schools. Via his own Twitter on August 25th, he cut his list to six schools: Iowa State, Purdue, Xavier, Stanford, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Carlson has visited all six schools, minus his hometown Gophers. He has another visit scheduled to Ames on September 24th, where the Cyclones will look to make their final pitch.

Jaylin Williams, 6’9” F, Fort Smith, Arkansas: (4-star/68th on 247sports)

Jaylin Williams is a talented big man from Arkansas that can almost literally jump out of the gym. The strength of Jaylin’s game is rebounding, with his game strongly resembling that of former Cyclone Melvin Ejim. He also recently narrowed his list to six schools, which involves Oklahoma State, Illinois, Auburn, UConn, Texas A&M, Arkansas, and Iowa State. Williams recently had a visit this Wednesday the 11th to Ames, and is high on Prohm’s recruiting board.

KK Robinson, 6’0” PG, Bryant, Arkansas [Oak Hill Academy]: (4-star/71st on 247sports)

KK has had a busy summer. He cut his list of final schools down to seven on August 14th: Arkansas, Kansas, Illinois, Texas A&M, TCU, Vanderbilt, and Iowa State. He also announced that he will be transferring to the historic prep-school Oak Hill Academy. Oak Hill has produced Lindell Wigginton, as well as Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, and Rajon Rondo, among a host of others. Robinson plays with a very “bouncy” style similar to fellow Oak Hill grad Brandon Jennings. KK has not taken a single official visit, so I expect his fall/winter to be very busy.

Dudley Blackwell, 6’5” F, Pembroke Pines, Florida [Somerset Academy Charter]: (3-star/147th 247sports)

Dudley Blackwell is a scrawny forward that has a smooth stroke and next-level athleticism. Blackwell may not have the same number of stars as all of the other players on this list, but off-the-radar recruits is what Iowa State’s basketball program was built on. Blackwell visited Ames last November as his only official visit, so that hopefully bodes well for the Cyclones.

*You can expect recruiting news involving these players throughout the year, as well as some new names as they enter the fold. This is more of an introduction of who you can look out for.