With his sophomore season well underway, 2017 guard Mitchell Ballock has seen a spike in interest from schools around the country.
“It’s starting to pick up a lot,” Ballock said. “Last summer I played pretty well, so the recruitment started to pick up a lot. It’s kind of crazy, but it’s fun at the same time just experiencing it all.”
The increased interest brought the 6-foot-4 guard from Eudora, Kan., to Ames for the first time as the sophomore took in his first experience at Hilton Coliseum on Saturday as Iowa State hosted West Virginia.
Ballock still has plenty of time to feel out the recruiting process but has drawn interest from Kansas, Oklahoma, Creighton, Kansas State and Florida in addition to Iowa State. He met Fred Hoiberg for the first time during the weekend.
“He’s a nice guy,” Ballock said. “Obviously he played in the league for 10 years and had a pretty successful career and grew up here and went to school here. He’s a great guy. In a head coach I’m looking for a good relationship between me and him and a good relationship with him and the players, a playing style that just gets up and down, you play fast and shoot and run in transition.”
Ballock has no timetable as to how his recruitment will play out.
“I have no idea, I’m just kind of feeling it out and playing it by ear,” Ballock said. “Just trying to figure out what’s best for myself and what situation is best for me.”