Mustang (Okla.) shooting guard Jakolby Long has seen Iowa State coaches in his home state in recent weeks, but he has long anticipated his visit to Ames.
Now, the 6-foot-5 versatile guard is back home digesting it.
“They told me how much they really want me and they said they just want me to show my skills and come play for Iowa State,” Long said of Iowa State after his weekend visit. “They said they’d play me at the one through three positions depending on who we play and they just want me to play my game and I’ll be fine.”
Long, who holds offers from Georgia, Oklahoma State, South Carolina, SMU, Ole Miss, Kansas State, Missouri and Texas Tech among others has the ability to play all three positions on the floor and has been recruited differently by several schools.
Ranked as the top shooting guard in Oklahoma for 2016, Long is a lanky, tough guard who is regarded as a physical, lockdown defender. He emerged at the EBYL in July, where he averaged 15.9 points per game.
After Iowa State assistant T.J. Otzelberger visited him in early September, coach Steve Prohm stopped in to see him a week later as did Prohm’s former Murray State disciple and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Cameron Payne.
Long arrived in Ames with his parents late Thursday and watched Iowa State’s first practice of the 2015-16 season Friday.
“I love the way they play,” Long said. “The players show a lot of enthusiasm as well as the coaches. Just every practice is like that, so I fell in love with practice too. Every day is going to be a good day because of the enthusiasm and the players encourage if you mess up.
Long’s key takeaway was the Sukup Basketball Complex and the support he saw while attending the football game Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium.
“It was great facilities. I really like where they practice and they had food there after practice and they had a study hall and computers and everything so you can work out and then do your homework and then come back and work out again. The gym is open 24 hours; I think I liked that the most,” Long said. “It was a great atmosphere [at the game], so I just can’t imagine what the basketball feels like. Ames is a great town for a college and they showed a lot of love and it’s very nice.”
Other schools have expressed interest in doing in-home visits and official visits, but Long and his family have yet to set any. They don’t plan to until he digests his Ames trip.
As for a decision? That must also wait until he talks with his family.
“I’m going to talk with my family about my visit to Iowa State and then after that I’ll go from there,” Long said. “I really didn’t talk to my family much over the weekend because we had a bunch of meetings and I was with the players so I’m probably going to talk with my family and see what the best decision is for me.”