June has been nothing short of a spectacle in America, but more importantly Iowa State basketball. After landing one transfer commitment in the month of May (Julian Coleman-Lands) Steve Prohm still had an open scholarship to play with for the 2020 basketball season.
The monthly addition from the transfer portal continued in June, as Iowa State filled up its last open scholarship with a commitment from former Ole Miss forward, Blake Hinson.
Blake Hinson is a 6’7” forward who will be entering his third year of school. It has been reported that the former Rebel will apply for a waiver to be immediately eligible, but there is no guarantee. He grew up in Wichita, Kansas where he quickly rose on recruiting boards to 144th nationally in the class of 2018.
Hinson is a very versatile wing player that fits the mold for Steve Prohm’s prototype at that position. He has supreme length and athleticism giving him to potential to be a solid defender, and his offense game is exactly what the Cyclones need. As a freshman in 2018-19 he averaged 8.9 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. He did this very efficiently in only 24 minutes a contest shooting 34.8% from beyond the arc. He showed improvement as a sophomore averaging 10.1 points and 4.6 rebounds in an expanded role, while staying rather efficient. His smooth jump shot and scorers mentality is something ISU needs, as the roster is currently cluttered with guards.
If the Cyclones are fortunate enough to get Henson's services in 2020-21, he should fit right into the rotation.
With a mixture of players committing and getting offered from Iowa State, the Cyclone’s total sits at 19 total uncommitted players in the class of 2021.
- (2021) Angelo Brizzi, G, Highland High School (3-star, 117th via 247sports)
Great conversation with 21’ Angelo Brizzi. He is a major sleeper in the class who is a gym rat! A playmaking guard with DEEP range, good bounce and vision. Offers from the ACC, Big Ten, Pac -12, Big East, SEC,A10 & others. He is now speaking with UNC, UVA, & Iowa State. @abriz14— Paul Biancardi (@PaulBiancardi) June 16, 2020
Brizzi is a 6’3” point guard from Warrenton, Virginia. He is a very interesting prospect that the Cyclones have a legitimate chance of landing. He has deceptive athleticism (yes it’s deceptive because he is white), and an overall very crafty game. He reminds me of a modern-day Manu Ginobili, with limitless range. Yes, he is offered from some of the top schools, but being only a three star makes me believe that the Cyclones have a fighting chance to land him.
- (2021) Jordan Nesbitt, F, St Louis Christian Academy (4-star 83rd via 247sports)
Nesbitt is a very high ceiling wing player who currently holds offers from Illinois, Alabama, and Iowa to name a few. Standing at 6’6” he has superb ball handling skills and vision of point guard. His all around game is what makes him such a highly touted prospect. It might be a little optimistic to be imagining Nesbitt in a ISU uniform, but hey, the big school aren’t after him yet.
- (2022) Trejuan Hollomon, G, Cretin Derham-Hall (3-star, 82nd via 247sports)
Hollomon is a player that I wanted to highlight, as he holds offers from the Cyclones in both football and basketball. I have seen Hollomon play in-person multiple times, and I can say that he is one of the best athletes I have seen at his age. Standing at only 6’1” he will go up for dunks in traffic that will leave you in awe. He speed with the ball is reminiscent of a prime John Wall (yes, that goof). If Iowa State is even able to get a visit from Hollomon any Cyclone fan should be ecstatic.
- (2022) Tamin Lipsey, G, Ames High School (3-star, 94th via 247sports)
Any Iowa native should already be very familiar with the name Tamin Lipsey. Lipsey is a 6’1” point guard that plays in the Cyclones backyard. Iowa State was the first school to offer him, as it is reported that he held an offer when he was 14 YEARS OLD. The only two other schools that have officially offered him are Nebraska and Minnesota.
Lipsey fits the Steve Prohm, flashy point guard mold. He plays a very exciting brand of basketball, as he has elite speed with the ball in his hands. After landing Xavier Foster this year, it would be quite the job for Prohm to land who I believe to be the best player in Iowa following Foster.