It turns out that JUCO point guard Darrion Strong out of Coffeyville (Kan.) C.C. is already quite familiar with Ames and Iowa State. Nonetheless, he's about to get another close look.
The 6-foot-1 point guard, who holds offers from Oklahoma, Miami (FL), Missouri, TCU and Tulsa in addition to Iowa State, has also drawn interest from Oklahoma State, Kansas, Wichita State and Cincinnati among others. He told AllCyclones.com on Tuesday he will visit Oklahoma (Sept. 5) and Iowa State (Sept. 12) in the next step of his recruitment.
"I’m starting to build a relationship with the head coach and the assistant coach [at those schools] and I really want to go somewhere where I have a good relationship with the coaches," Strong said. "If you have a good relationship with the coaches, they give you that opportunity to go out there and play your game and give you the confidence to go out there and do what you’re capable of doing."
Strong is being recruited by both Iowa State head coach Steve Prohm and assistant Daniyal Robinson, who he communicates with frequently. The Cyclones started recruiting Strong in June and have been in contact since.
"They just want to make sure that [I know] they want me to come in and I’ll be helpful right away," Strong said of Iowa State. "They want me to come in and be able to run the point guard spot. All D-Rob is telling me is, ‘Man, we want you to be that main piece.’ That’s what he’s telling me right now."
The Minnesota native's father, Adrian Moore, played at Iowa State from 1986-90, and Strong said Tuesday he has previously spent time in Ames. He played at Quakerdale Prep in New Providence, Iowa, before going to Cofferyville.
There, Strong said, he would often trek to Ames with teammates.
"On weekends I used to go down to Ames and hang out with the basketball players and just chill out there," Strong said. "My dad was a big time player there. That’s also a big thing to think of this decision with Iowa State because it would be nice to follow his footsteps."
Strong, who plans to make a decision in November, said he is considering Kansas for his third official visit. The Jayhawks haven't yet offered, but have been showing strong interest in recent weeks and are expected to stop by to see him in open gym in the near future.
First, he'll make stops at two other Big 12 schools, including the one his father played at.
"I really haven’t been talking about [following his footsteps] because I don’t want to make it seem like he is the person that’s really trying to make me take this trip," Strong said. "I just want to make sure people know that the coaches there want me and think I’m going to be a big part of the team when I get there. Thinking about my dad and following his footsteps and going to the same school that he went to, it’s nice, but at the same time I just want people to know that I like Iowa State. I just like the atmosphere of Iowa State."