Steve Prohm has made it no secret that Iowa State’s two primary areas of concentration for the 2016 class are point guards and forwards, so it should come as little surprise that the Cyclones have been mentioned with numerous players from both the high school and JUCO ranks.
The latest name is JUCO point guard Donovan Jackson.
Jackson, a 6-foot-1 guard from Iowa Western C.C., was on campus for an unofficial visit during the weekend and word leaked out that he was offered. In reality, Jackson said, Iowa State offered at a camp in St. Louis on July 10 and he has been hearing from Prohm and the Cyclones since.
“He’s saying I’m their No. 1 priority,” Jackson said of the Iowa State coach. “They need a point guard to come in and run the show right away when Monte Morris [potentially] leaves. So they need someone to fill his shoes and keep the ball rolling. I talk to him pretty much every day.”
Jackson’s primary suitors are Iowa State, Wichita State, Ole Miss, Iowa and Tulsa, though a number of other schools have offered. He has already set up official visits to Wichita State (Aug. 28) and Ole Miss (Sept. 11) and said he could visit Tulsa, who offered him first.
In terms of an Iowa State official visit, Jackson said it might not be necessary.
"This is basically the feeling of what it’s going to be,” Jackson said. “I have [an idea] what Iowa State is like, so I’m just going to take my other two or three and just compare it and just choose from there. I don’t need to wait for another visit because I’ve already been here.”
As for the visit itself, Jackson, who averaged 13.6 points per game as a freshman at Iowa Western on 46 percent from the field, said it couldn’t have gone better.
“Being there you could just tell it’s really family-oriented,” Jackson said. “Everybody there is cool with each other, you can just tell the vibe of the team. It was a really good feeling. The facilities were nice, the coaches. I can’t really complain, it was really just a good environment to be in.”
Jackson plans to wrap up his recruitment this fall and said a few schools are currently sticking out.
“I really like Iowa State. That probably would be the top choice. Then Tulsa or Wichita State,” Jackson said. “I’m setting it all up so I’m definitely committing at the end of September.”