Iowa State, Tennessee Land Players

Iowa State didn't have to go very far to land its first 2005 commitment. Meanwhile down in SEC land, Tennessee snared a perimeter sniper.

Richard Morgan's Iowa State Cyclones took care of business in their backyard this week. Power forward Ross Marsden, a 6-9 standout from Ames (IA) High, selected the Cyclones earlier this week.

Wisconsin was the other program in the mix, but Marsden was swayed to stay home after last weekend's meeting in Ames.

"I met with Coach Morgan and Coach Archibald [last] Friday," Marsden said. "I liked their presentation and they just sold me on it. I ended talking with my parents afterward and I chose to go to Iowa State."

Last season, Marsden averaged 12 points and 6 rebounds in a year that was stopped just short of a state title.

Meanwhile, down in SEC country, the Volunteers landed themselves a guard. Tennessee secured a commitment and eventual signature from Maysville (KY) Mason County senior Chris Lofton.

Lofton, the two-time Mr. Basketball in the state, led his team to a state title as a junior and a runner-up finish as a senior. He averaged 26 points a game last year and made 46% of his 3s. Lofton scored a lofty 2,736 career points.

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