Eustachy Adds Post Players to Class

AMES, Iowa--Iowa State head coach Larry Eustachy announced the signing of two big men in the spring signing period, which puts the finishing touches on a class that had been perimeter oriented with the signing of two point guards and a wing man.

Damion Staple, a second-team junior college All-American power forward, and Reggie George, a 6-9 post from Notre Dame Prep in Massachusetts, signed letters of intent to attend Iowa State University in the Fall of 2003. The post players join three others who signed letters of intent last fall. The early signees include prep school players Will Blalock, Curtis Stinson, both top 100 national recruits, and junior college player Justin Holt, who was the 2002 Washington state player of the year.

"Time will tell in determining how great this class will be, but we feel very good about the players we have coming in," ISU head coach Larry Eustachy said. "With Staple and George it gives us what we needed, size and depth. I definitely feel Blalock and Stinson will fit in at Iowa State as well and will be instrumental in our team's success. Both had tremendous senior seasons and both are ranked in the top-75 in a number of recruiting services. We are losing a number of great players after this season, so we feel confident that we are building a strong base for the future with this class."

The class was ranked as the 18th-best class in the nation by HoopScoop prior to signing Staple.

Will Blalock, G, 5-11, 165, Freshman, Boston, Mass. (East/Notre Dame Prep {Fitchburg, Mass.})
Justin Holt, F, 6-7, 205, Sophomore, Tacoma, Wash. (Lincoln/Tacoma CC)
Curtis Stinson, G, 6-2, 205, Freshman, New York, N.Y. (Bronx Regional/Winchendon Prep {Milford, Mass.})
Damion Staple, C-F, 6-8, 230, Junior, Kingston, Jamaica (Southeastern Illinois CC)
Reggie George, C-F, 6-9, 230, Freshman, Palos Heights, Ill. (Shepard/Notre Dame Prep {Fitchburg, Mass.})

Iowa State Signee Capsules

Damion Staple
C/F, 6-8, 230, Junior
Kingston, Jamaica (Southeastern Illinois CC)

Southeastern Illinois CC: A tough inside defender and rebounder, Staple had an outstanding sophomore season for Southeastern Illinois, averaging 15.3 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks...also shot 60.5 percent from the floor and averaged 1.6 steals...earned second-team NJCAA All-America honors and was a first team all-Region XXIV selection...was edged out for region MVP honors in a close vote to Southwestern Illinois' Marcellus Sommerville...was also named to the all-tournament team at the NJCAA national tournament in Hutchinson, Kan...Staple was the team leader on one of the best junior college teams in the nation in 2002-03...his SIC squad ended the season with a school-record 34-2 record, winning the Great Rivers Athletic Conference title and the NJCAA Region XXIV championship...squad was rated No. 2 in the final NJCAA poll and advanced to the NJCAA national tournament, losing in the opening round to eventual national champion and top-ranked Southeastern Iowa (Burlington)...SIC led almost the entire game until Southeastern pulled away 74-67...Staple was the only Falcon to score in the final 11 minutes of the game, scoring nine of his game-high 22 points in that span...SIC bounced back to win its final three games in the tournament (Western Nebraska CC, 72-66; Yavapai, 92-69; Coffeyville, 87-77) to finish in seventh place...scored 20 points (7-10 FG, 6-7 FT) in the regional final vs. Wabash Valley and posted 31 points vs. Wabash in their first meeting of the season...Wabash had made two-straight NJCAA appearances and was the 2001 NJCAA champion...scored 20 points vs. Southwestern Illinois...tallied 21 points vs. the second SIC player to earn second-team NJCAA All-America honors in the last two seasons...current Cyclone Tim Barnes was a second-team Juco All-American last year for SIC...Staple was a starter on the 2001-02 SICsquad that went 26-7 and made the Region XXIV championship game...averaged 12.3 points and 7.4 rebounds...scored 23 points vs. John A. Logan, helping SIC advance to the regional the beginning of the year, was named the sixth-best power forward in the nation by Rick Ball Ballplayers report...chose ISU over Western Kentucky, Georgia and Mississippi State.

Reggie George
C/F, 6-9, 230, Freshman
Palos Heights, Ill. (Shepard/Notre Dame Prep {Fitchburg, Mass.})

High School: A post player with a considerable wingspan who runs the court well, George averaged 7.1 points and 5.2 rebounds for Notre Dame Prep as a senior...was a teammate with ISU recruit Will Blalock at Notre Dame, which is the same prep school that produced ISU senior Marcus Jefferson...had his visit to Iowa State with Blalock during the Cyclone Shootout...was a three-star recruit by Rivals Hoops...received interest from Texas Christian, Mississippi State, Fresno State and George Washington...played at Shepard High School in Palos Heights, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, before transferring to Notre Dame Prep...averaged 14.2 ppg and 7.3 rpg in his final year at Shepard, earning all-area and all-conference honors...tallied 26 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks in a game vs. Brother won the regional championship and went 26-5.

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