When Iowa State coach Steve Prohm and Co. arrived on campus in mid-June, they faced the tall task of filling the largest recruiting class in recent memory in just a few months time.
In the last four months, however, the staff has whittled six open scholarship for 2016 down to just two. The Cyclones have picked up commitments from a pair of high schoolers, forward Solomon Young and guard Jakolby Long, and a pair of JUCOs, guard Donovan Jackson and forward Emmanuel Malou. With the Nov. 11 early signing date around the corner, Iowa State will have at minimum two-thirds of the class locked in.
So, what's next?
Iowa State has two remaining scholarships for the 2016 class, and is likely to look for both one more guard and one more forward in filling out the class. Ahead of the Nov. 11 date, the team's board has gotten thin and is essentially down to two prospects: guards Zach Norvell and Charlie Moore. The Cyclones would likely take one of the two and then would focus on a forward come spring (high school, JUCO or transfer).
If the Cyclones got neither, they would have some flexibility moving into the winter.
Norvell is a 6-foot-4 combo guard from Chicago who visited Iowa State from Oct. 2-4 following trips to Georgetown and Gonzaga. The guard will visit Florida State this weekend before making a decision between those four schools sometime in early November prior to the early signing date.
“They’ve got a great group of guys. The whole campus, the whole university has their back no matter what,” Norvell told AllCyclones.com after his vist. “The football team hasn’t been doing real good, but they still sold out 60,000. As far as a basketball standpoint, as far as I can tell, they get after it every day. Everybody is pushing each other, everybody wants to see everybody succeed. That was really big to me as well, just to see the guys go hard and the coaching staff [had] a lot of intensity.”
Moore is also from the Chicago area, but at 5-foot-11 is more strictly a point guard. Iowa State has quietly recruited Moore since Prohm's arrival in June and recently surfaced as an apparent finalist along with the likes of Memphis, VCU, California and Creighton. Despite rumblings that Moore might visit Iowa State Oct. 16 for Hilton Madness, such a visit at present is unlikely and Moore's recruitment overall is uncertain. With that said, Moore, too, would like to decide by the Nov. 11 early signing date.