September is typically a relatively slow month for the basketball recruiting scene, but there was still some news and notes regarding Iowa State’s future recruiting classes.
- Demarion Watson-Saulsberry: Minneapolis, MN (3-star, 170th in class of 2022 via 247sports)
Watson-Saulsberry is one of the hottest names on the basketball recruiting scene. The 6’6” wing has picked up offers from Minnesota, Iowa, Iowa State, Florida, and Hampton all within the last three days. The Minneapolis sophomore’s next-level length and elite athleticism make him a tantalizing prospect. He is still a bit raw in the category of creating his own shot, but that should come with time as he is still only 16 year old. His potential is through the rough, which is difficult to predict where his offer list will go from here. The Cyclones were obviously fortunate to get involved early, but they will likely have quite the competition for his service.
Other News and Notes
- 2021 F, Kaleb Washington releases top 11
TOP 11 YESSIRSKIII pic.twitter.com/Twdy4llxQm— Kaleb Washington (@KalebWashingt0n) September 5, 2020
three-star class of ‘21 forward, Kaleb Washington released his top 11 schools via his Twitter on Sept. 4. Iowa State was included, along with schools such as, Dayton, Georgia Tech, and Georgia. Washington has been relatively quiet regarding his recruitment, but I would imagine the pair of Georgia schools will likely be very high on his list.
The Pebblebrook, GA native is a very high-potential wing player who has the length and athleticism to defend at a high level. He is already quite skilled on the offensive end with the ability to create his own shot. Washington would be quite the addition to the Cyclones’ 2021 class.
- ‘21 JUCO G, Michael Thomas decommits from Houston
Consensus top five JUCO prospect Michael Thomas announced that he had decommited from Houston in early September. Although the Cyclones have not officially offered Thomas, they were said to have been one of the first school to reach out to him.
Top Juco player Michael Thomas (@unguardedmikeyy) who decommitted from Houston earlier today tells me that Iowa State, St. John’s, San Diego State, New Mexico State, Iona, and Georgia have all reached out since then.— jake lieberman (@jakelieberman2) September 6, 2020
He already picked up an offer from Mississippi State.
Even though Iowa State will likely have immense competition for Thomas’ services his elite level shot creating from the guard position would be a great fit in Steve Prohm’s system.
- Tucker DeVries update
The state of Iowa’s consensus top player in the class of 2021’s recruitment is reportedly a three-man race between Iowa State, Drake, and Creighton. Drake’s head coach happens to be Tucker’s father Darian DeVries, but Tucker is reportedly still interested in all three schools. In an interview with the Des Moines Register, the Waukee native stated that he still hopes to take officially visits to all three schools pending COVID-19 protocols. Either way DeVries has said that he would still like to make an official decision before his senior season is set to begin in November.