When current ISU assistant coach Fred Quartlebaum was at UNC, his son attended Mount Zion and the coach lived close to the school's campus. So, when Iowa State needed a guard, the Cyclones used Quartlebaum's knowledge of the player and program to get it done.
On Monday, point guard Tasheed Carr picked ISU after hearing from St. Joseph's, Temple, Virginia Tech and Arkansas in September. Each of the schools showed varying degrees of interest in Carr last month.
However, when it came time to decide, Carr visited ISU and the Cyclones' staff got it done.
"Basically, I took a visit down there and I loved the coaching staff," Carr said. "It was a family atmosphere. I loved the coaches and the players. They've got people from Boston and New York down there."
ISU sold Carr on playing two spots. "I'm going to play mostly at the point and some at the shooting guard. I think I'm going to have an opportunity to come in and make an immediate impact. I think I can come in and make plays. They need players, especially guards. There's going to be spots open."
Carr, a native of Philadelphia, had nothing but great things to say about Morgan and the staff. "I felt as though I had a relationship with the staff. I felt like I could relate to them. They impressed me with the individual attention as far as them being dedicated to making me better and I thought that was plus."