It wasn’t long after Steve Prohm settled in as the new head coach at Iowa State and retained assistant T.J. Otzelberger that Sacramento (Calif.) forward Solomon Young started hearing from the Cyclones.
The undersized 6-foot-6 forward out of California had been recruited to Washington during Otzelberger’s tenure there and now he is being recruited to the Midwest upon Otzelberger’s move.
“They started contacting me in June when the assistant coach from Washington went over to [Iowa State],” Young said. “T.J. has spoken about me because I guess they didn’t really know about me until T.J. started talking to them about me. They told me they’re losing seniors so I’ll have a good chance to play a lot of minutes when I come in as a freshman.”
Young holds offers from the likes of Washington, USC, USF and UC-Irvine among others, though he said Washington and USC have quelled their interest. Meanwhile, Iowa State is communicating with Young multiple times per week and Texas has entered the fold as the most recent school to show interest.
“Schools that are showing me the most interest would be St. Mary’s, USF, Nevada, UC-Irvine,” Young said. “Then Texas started recruiting me.”
Young is versatile and able to play both the small forward and power forward positions. He shows an ability to make plays under the basket while also possessing an ability to hit jumpers outside.
Young has set an official visit to Iowa State for Aug. 28.
“I’m trying to get my officials done as early as possible in the fall because I plan to commit in the fall,” Young said. “I’m trying to schedule more visits. If Texas offers a visit I would like to try to go down there on an official.”
There will be keys to each of those visits for Young, who hopes to major in kinesiology in college.
“Key factors would be the best fit for me coming in for all my years being there, my major and connection with the coaches and team,” Young said. “And the area around the school and the environment is a pretty key factor.”