Iowa State struck gold in landing Dustin Hogue out of Indian Hills Community College, the springy forward averaging 11.6 points and 8.4 rebounds while starting every game for the Cyclones.
Fred Hoiberg is hoping for similar success with Jameel McKay, an Indian Hills standout who transferred to Marquette then quickly transferred to ISU.
Next up might be Malik Dime, a 6-foot-10 center who holds an ISU offer and has the Cyclones in his top three.
"Iowa State, Kansas, Wichita State," Dime told AllCyclones.com on Wednesday. "That's my big three so far."
The catch? The Jayhawks and Shockers haven't yet offered, leaving the Cyclones as the de facto leaders.
Dime also reports offers from Arizona State (where Indian Hills coach Barrett Peery just took a job as an assistant), Arkansas, Creighton and Cincinnati.
"I like the way [Iowa State] plays," he said. "They be getting up and down the floor. I want to go to a team that [gets] up and down. I don't want to go to a team that ... slows it down."
Dime scored 7.7 points per game on 65.3 percent shooting and grabbed 4.2 rebounds in 30 contests with Indian Hills. He also blocked 88 shots.
"I can get the ball with my back to the basket and I can face up," Dime said.
Dime was last in Ames on Feb. 15 for ISU's home win over Texas Tech. He's hoping contact ramps up with the Cyclones but plans on taking his visits.