Iowa State fortifies backcourt

The Iowa State Cyclones secured their second big 2013 backcourt pledge on Wednesday.

The Iowa State Cyclones are on a roll in the 2013 class. Following up a solid 2012 group in which they did a good job of adding quality players, headed by four-star interior stud Georges Niang, now the Cyclones have fortified their backcourt.

On Wednesday evening, on his birthday, Monte Morris of Flint (Mich.) Beecher announced his decision at his school to attend Iowa State. The Cyclones have been considered the leader for Morris for a while, and he decided to pull the trigger to give himself a birthday gift.

Now Iowa State has two four-star backcourt commitments in the 2013 class with Morris joining Matt Thomas, a native of Wisconsin.

Thomas is one of the best shooters in the class, and Morris will now be asked to get him and guys like Niang the ball. Aside from being a solid point guard, Morris is also someone with long arms who can really score, especially going to the rim.

Morris selected Iowa State over fellow finalists Illinois and Butler. Also schools such as Michigan, Cincinnati, Xavier, and Indiana all showed varying degrees of interest during the recruiting process.

The Cyclones have now added a commitment from the state of Michigan in each of the last two years with assistant coach Cornell Mann heading the recruitment of the area. Morris joins Sherron Dorsey-Walker and Cameron Fowler in the 2012 class as players from Michigan that have picked the Big XII school.

With two big pieces to the backcourt puzzle already in place, look for the Cyclones to now focus on adding to the frontcourt as they have several scholarships still available in the 2013 class.

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