Iowa State’s quest to find point guards for the 2016 class has reached in several directions this summer, including to Kansas and the JUCO ranks.
Darrion Strong, a 6-foot-1 point guard from Coffeyville (Kan.) C.C., started hearing from Iowa State earlier this summer after the arrival of Steve Prohm and has been in constant contact with the Cyclones since.
“I started hearing from Iowa State after my season was over. It was probably about two months ago. It started in June,” Strong said. “I hear from Coach [Daniyal] Robinson about everyday. He texts me and he checks up on me and sees if I’m in the gym half the time. They just need a point guard that can score that can come in and help right away.”
Strong, who holds offers from Miami, Missouri, TCU and Tulsa in addition to Iowa State, said he has also drawn interest from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Wichita State, Cincinnati and East Carolina among others.
He plans to potentially take unofficial visits to Kansas and Wichita State in the near future, but isn’t able to make it to Iowa State because of its trip to Spain.
“Iowa State [is showing the most interest]. I haven’t talked to Miami yet, but they talk to my coaches a lot [and] Mizzou, they call all the time. TCU calls all the time,” Strong said. “Right now there’s just a lot going on. I have to sit down in my meeting with coach and try to figure out what schools and what’s going on. But right now Iowa State is probably the most that I’ve talked to out of all the schools. They’re probably in the lead right now.”
Strong averaged 21.3 points per game last season while shooting 42 percent from 3-point range (108-of-257) en route to being named an NJCAA All-American (third team). He is one of several high school and JUCO point guard targets for Iowa State in the 2016 class, and is capable of playing off the ball when needed after playing some two-guard in his freshman campaign.
Currently, Iowa State appears to have interest in potentially adding both a JUCO and high school point guard with the uncertainty surrounding junior point guard Monte Morris’ future with the NBA.
“Right now that’s what we’re trying to figure out, where [Morris] might go,” Strong said. “At this rate Iowa State has a good chance he may be going to the League after this year, so right now that’s all they’re telling me is he’s possibly going to the League. So that’s why I have my eyes on going there.”
Strong is still determining official visits, but has a timeline in mind.
“[Coffeyville] coaches told me to probably start [narrowing my list] next month. That’s probably when I’d start doing my unofficial visits and all of my official visits,” Strong said. “My parents want me to [commit] earlier so I don’t have anything to worry about. Hopefully it happens by November or December, that’s when they really want me to sit down and make my decision.”