Vaughn Off the Table; What's Next for ISU?

With just one player, three-star point guard Clayton Custer, on board for 2014, where do the Cyclones go now?

A years-long recruitment of Rashad Vaughn came to a disappointing end for Iowa State on Tuesday, the five-star shooting guard announcing his decision to commit to UNLV live on CBS Sports Network.

Vaughn informed the Cyclones coaches of his decision a few hours before going public, per a source.

With just one player, three-star point guard Clayton Custer, on board for 2014, where do the Cyclones go now?

The short answer: Nobody knows. Hold on tight for a while.

Iowa State will have at least two scholarships available for next season. Talented transfers Jameel McKay and Abdel Nader — a Scout.com four-star and three-star, respectively — are in Ames serving redshirts and will be eligible in 2014 (McKay will appeal to be eligible for both semesters but as it stands currently will have to sit out the fall period).

Vaughn's commitment means only two Top 100 2014 players are available, and that list is a microcosm of the recruiting class: two of the top 30 point guards, one of the top 30 small forwards, one of the top 30 power forwards and three of the top 30 centers remain available.

The small forward still open for business is Morgan Park (IL) product Josh Cunningham, who visited Iowa State in the fall but has since had contact with the Cyclones fall off. Cunningham doesn't currently appear to be an active ISU target.

That leaves the Cyclones to sort through the transfer lists at the conclusion of the season, an area Fred Hoiberg has obviously had success with.

It's still too early to gauge who might catch ISU's interest of the run-of-the-mill transfers — the Ames Tribune reported the Cyclones reached out to Chane Behanan before the Louisville transfer landed at Colorado State — but one 2014 player we know about is 6-foot-6 forward Marvin Clark, who's serving a post-grad year at Sunrise Christian Academy in Wichita and was in Ames recently for an official visit.

Clark would be eligible to play for the 2014-15 season and told AllCyclones.com recently ISU was tops. He has visited Kansas State and Seton Hall and is working to schedule March visits for Indiana and Ole Miss.

In the humble opinion of AllCyclones.com, Clark is Iowa State's top remaining 2014 target. But it's not likely there's clarity on that front for some time — Iowa State didn't get a commitment from DeAndre Kane until May 30 of last year.


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