By: Trent Condon
After another successful year, culminating with a Big 12 Tournament title and NCAA Tournament appearance, Iowa State has a year of retooling to their basketball roster. Departing seniors Monte Morris, Naz Mitrou-Long, Deonte Burton and Matt Thomas leave a roster in a state of flux.
Iowa State came into the spring signing period with 4 open scholarships. They went hard after JUCO All American Shakur Juiston (committed to UNLV), JUCO guard Daryl Edwards (LSU), 5th year grad transfer Elijah Brown (Oregon) and transfer Ed Morrow (Marquette). After missing on these top targets, they zeroed in and received commitments from Marial Shayok, a sit out transfer from Virginia along with 5th year grad transfers Jeff Beverly from Texas San Antonio and Hans Brase of Princeton.
Another scholarship became available yesterday when it was announced that Ray Kasongo, a transfer from Tennessee that sat out last season, would be leaving the program.
Ray Kasongo expected to transfer from Iowa State https://t.co/QchhU29NgA
— Travis Hines (@TravisHines21) May 15, 2017
As it currently sits, Iowa State still has 2 scholarships available. Head Coach Steve Prohm has shown his willingness to continue to look at the transfer market. The guess here is that they will look for another transfer to come in and be eligible to play next season. Along with the aforementioned transfers, the Cyclones will bring in a freshman class that includes 5* Guard Lindell Wigginton along with small forward Terrance Lewis and guard Darius McNeil.
(Lindell Wigginton, Photo: Jim Brown, USA TODAY Sports)
Here is the roster as of today:
Seniors: Donovan Jackson (G), Hans Brase (F), Jeff Beverly (F)
Juniors: Nick Weiler-Babb (G/F)
Sophomores: Soloman Young (C), Jakolby Long (G)
Freshmen: Cameron Lard (F), Lindell Wigginton (G), Terrance Lewis (F), Darius McNeil (G)
Sit out transfer: Marial Shayok (Senior in 2018-19)
Open Scholarships: (2)
Plenty of pressure will be on the newcomers to produce at a high level early. Lindell Wigginton finished as the leading scorer at Oak Hill Academy and saw his star rise with strong performances late in the season. He’ll share the point guard responsibilities with senior Donovan Jackson and they will play together a lot. 5th year grad transfer from mid-major schools have been a mixed bag for Iowa State. Darrell Bowie and Merrill Holden didn’t produce at the level many expected last year for ISU. The hope is that Beverly and Brase can provide some scoring pop for the front court. What kind of leap can Nick Weiler-Babb have after shaking the rust off last season? And the greatest unknown; what will Cameron Lard be for Iowa State.
Cameron Lard from the Iowa State Daily
It will be a new look team in 2017-18. Steve Prohm has brought in plenty of talent and the middle of the pack appears to be open in the Big 12 next year after Kansas, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Texas and TCU. Can the newcomers come together early enough to get enough wins in the non conference? And what will the expectations be in the fan base after 6 consecutive NCAA Tournament bids? Plenty of questions to ponder this summer.
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