Iowa State has returned to the United States after spending 10 days in Spain ahead of the 2015 season, and the staff will waste little time looking ahead to the future now that it is settled back in Ames.
The Cyclones, with the departure of Nick Noskowiak over the weekend, now have two open scholarships for the 2015-16 season. Combined with four graduating seniors following the coming season, Iowa State has at least six scholarships to fill for the 2016 class.
Now, Steve Prohm and Co. are looking ahead.
"It's good to be back, because now we're going to get some more kids on campus," Prohm said. "Hopefully try to get at least two guards and maybe one frontcourt guy in the early period and try to get a mid-year guy and try to sign two in the spring is kind of how I'd like to fill it if we could. We'll have another couple good guys on campus, probably not the Northern Iowa game because that's Labor Day Weekend, but the following weekend."
The early signing period will come up quick on Nov. 11, giving Prohm and his staff two and a half months to secure visits and commitments. Nonetheless, Iowa State has already laid some early groundwork. Point guards Xavier Simpson (official) and Donovan Jackson (unofficial) made stops on campus the weekend before the team left for Spain while forward Jeriah Horne (who is thought to be a top target), told AllCyclones.com he will visit Sept. 12. All three will likely make decisions this fall.
In terms of the spring period, both Arlando Cook and Emmanuel Malou are expected to take their recruitments into the later signing period, which could play out well into Iowa State's ideal timeline if things go as planned with the early period. Based on rumblings, Iowa State appears interested in signing at least two guards, two bigs and one point-foward, which also leaves open one other scholarship.
That list will keep the staff busy in the weeks ahead.