Oklahoma’s top prep shooting guard is scheduled to descend upon Ames for his first official visit this weekend as one of Iowa State’s top recent targets.
The 6-foot-5 and versatile Jakolby Long from Mustang (Okla.) has been hearing often from Iowa State and has already hosted Iowa State coaches for in-home visits twice. Now he’ll get his first look at what the program has to offer.
“On my visit I want to see how the campus is and how the players are and the type of players that are already there,” Long said. “From the coaches I want them to tell me what they want me to do as a player if I go to Iowa State.”
Long holds offers from Georgia, Oklahoma State, South Carolina, SMU, Ole Miss, Kansas State, Missouri and Texas Tech among others. Texas was set to watch him at practice in Oklahoma on Monday afternoon.
After Iowa State assistant T.J. Otzelberger visited him in early September, coach Steve Prohm stopped in to see him last week as did Prohm’s former Murray State disciple and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Cameron Payne.
“That was my first time meeting Coach Prohm, and he was a pretty good coach. I’m going to talk to him more on my visit. I really can’t wait,” Long said. “It was a great experience [meeting Payne]. He had to come down and watch me first and talk to me, so I’m really blessed and fortunate that he did. He told me Coach Prohm is a great coach and he makes you play defense.”
Long is a lanky, tough guard who is regarded as a physical, lockdown defender. He can also score and averaged 15.9 points per game this summer in the EBYL, where he burst onto the scene.
Iowa State was among the schools to show interest, and has made Long a priority.
“They’re showing a lot of love for me. Coach calls me almost three times a week to be honest, Coach T.J. does, and then Coach Prohm texts me all the time,” Long said. “They want me to play early and at the shooting guard position. They think I fit good in their system. They told me they want me to play the wing, probably the two.”
Long hasn’t set any other official visits or in-home visits, though Georgia, Tennessee, Utah, Cincinnati and Virginia have all expressed interest in visits.
Iowa State will get first crack at bringing Long to town.
“I’ll visit with my family after the visit and I’ll see what’s best for me,” Long said of a timeline for his decision. “It could be very soon. I’ll just see after my visit what I think and what my family thinks is best for me.”