Steve Prohm has clearly struck out on nearly all of his top desired transfers on the market, while three players from last years roster have decided to leave, so where do the Cyclones go from here?
Iowa State struck out on its two of its three remaining targets for the 2020 class, as Kerwin Walton committed to North Carolina. While JUCO target Keon Ellis is heading to Alabama.
- Desmond Polk, G, La Lumiere School, Wisconsin (345th in 2020)
Polk is the only uncommitted player in the class of 2020 that holds an offer from Iowa State. He has been very quiet regarding his decision and he has not yet even narrowed down his list, but it is rumored that Marquette might be the front runner. Although the Cyclones are technically still in the running, I would be shocked if the 6’3” guard commits to Iowa State.
Tyler Harris, G, Memphis
Iowa State hasn’t completely struck out, as former Memphis guard, Tyler Harris is its first transfer commitment of 2020. Harris was 4-star recruit in the class of 2018, who saw his role diminish at Memphis after they brought in its monster 2019 recruiting class.
Harris is an uberly athletic combo-guard who is undersized, standing at only 5’9.” He is an above average jump shooter, as he shot 36.4% from behind the arc last season in 20.6 minutes per game. He should be a great addition to the Cyclone back court whenever he is eligible.
It is still unknown if Harris will be eligible to play right away next season, but it is looking more and more like the NCAA will not be allowing the proposed 1-time transfer waiver idea for the upcoming season.
former Cyclone comp: Korie Lucious
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Remaining Transfer Targets:
Iowa State obviously struck out on an absurd amount of transfers to begin this offseason, but there are still more names on the market that are incredibly talented and still considering coming to Ames.
- Jose Perez, G, Gardner-Webb
Perez has quickly became one of the hottest names on the market. He recently released his final 10 schools, and the Cyclones were included.
The former Gardner-Webb guard averaged 15.2 points, 6.5 assists, and 4.2 rebounds during his two year career in the Big South. He is a versatile guard who stands at 6’5” with great all-around guard skills. He is an above average shooter who would fit very well in Steve Prohm’s system.
former Cyclone comp: Royce White
- Chaundee Brown, F, Wake Forest
Although Brown is rumored to be connected to Illinois University, Iowa State still remains on the former Demon Deacon’s top 4.
Brown is a very physical wing player standing at 6’5.” He averaged 6.5 rebounds last season while adding 12.1 points per contest. He is an elite rebounder for his position and finishes around the rim with force.
former Cyclone comp: (right-handed) Deonte Burton
- Michael Flowers, G, Western Michigan
Flowers listed Iowa State on his final four schools on April 18th, and he has not yet made a decision.
Flowers is one of the best pure scorers remaining on the market. He is listed at 6’1” and he averaged 16.9 points per contest during his junior season in Kalamazoo. He is a great shooter, as he had splits of 42.8% FG, 36.8% 3P, 84.4% FT last season.
former Cyclone comp: Tyrus McGee
- Koreem Ozier, G, Sacred Heart
My prediction is that Iowa State might be the leader in the clubhouse for Ozier, ISU is one of two big conference schools in his final 6.
Ozier is a score-first combo guard that is an above average shooter. He average 14 a game last season for Sacred Heart. He has a great knack for creating his own shot which is something the Cyclones badly needed last season.
former (or current) Cyclone comp: Rasir Bolton
- Ray Salnave, G, Monmouth
Salnave has not yet released a “final ___” list, but it is well publicized that the Cyclones are interested. He is a 6’3” guard who averaged 14.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game during his junior season at Monmouth. He is an all-around guard with great finishing ability and overall feel for the game, fitting the bill of Steve Prohm guard.
former Cyclone comp: Nick Weiler-Babb
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- Jeremiah Francis, G, North Carolina
Francis just recently announced that he will be leaving the UNC program in late April, and Iowa State was reported to be one of the first programs to contact him. The former 4-star prospect had a very small role during his first season in Durham. He played on 13.6 minutes per game, while averaging 3.3 points. The 6’0” combo-guard showed flashes at times last season and could be a great fit in Prohm’s system.
former Cyclone comp: DeAndre Kane
- AJ Walker, G, Air Force
Walker has also yet to announce his final list, but the Cyclones are reportedly interested. The Air Force product is a pass first point guard who is an ELITE three point shooter. He has shot 40+ percent during his two season at Air Force, while averaging 11.1 points and 3.1 assists.
former Cyclone comp: Will Blalock