Coach Bill Fennelly and the Iowa State women's basketball staff have proven they can recruit strongly in the Midwest and overseas. The Australian pipeline may have begun with Alison Lacey a few years ago, but it hasn't closed.
The Cyclones are currently recruiting 2014 Australian forward Louise Brown, and Brown was in Ames on Tuesday taking in the No. 9 Cyclones' game against Texas Tech.
"I'm currently looking at New Mexico State, Iowa State and Washington State," Brown told AllCyclones.com. "I came from New Mexico State and [Wednesday] I will travel to Washington State. I have others schools interested, but those are the main ones I'm looking at this time and the only ones I am visiting."
No. 9 in the AP Top 25 and with a home environment as electric as ever, the Cyclones have plenty of momentum going for them on the recruiting trail as they look to fill their last spot in the 2014 class.
"I like the whole atmosphere around the college itself and Ames appears to be very much a college town which is appealing," Brown said. "Going into my recruitment I'd heard great things about Coach [Bill] Fennelly. And this [Iowa State] team is on a great run at the moment so that's attractive as well.
"Australia ball is very structured and the style of game between my country and the US are very different. I'm looking for some place that I can come in an adapt to easily. I like the style of play Iowa State plays, it's very intense, structured and the players are very smart."
With all these visits lined up in consecutive order, Brown hopes to have a decision made soon.
"I'd like to make my decision sooner rather than later if possible," Brown said. "I plan on signing during the next signing period in April so I'm trying to narrow down my list of schools and see what each has to offer."
It's not uncommon for overseas players eligibility to be held up by the NCAA clearinghouse. That won't be a problem for Brown.
"I just found out today that I'm actually certified by the NCAA," she saidl "It's a huge weight off my shoulders and I can't wait to begin my next chapter in America.
With senior forward Hallie Christofferson graduating following this season, the Cyclones could use a tall forward who can stretch the defense and attack the rim. The 6-foot-1 Brown describes herself as a versatile forward who can play either the '3' or '4.'
"I can shoot the ball but can also get to the rim and rebound," Brown. "I also like to think of myself as a pretty good defensive player and like to read the ball to try and get to the spot early to defend."
The Cyclones signed five players in their last recruiting class and they've already begun to reap the rewards with standout performances from freshmen Jadda Buckley and Seanna Johnson.