KeyShawn Feazell needed no introduction to Iowa State when the program began showing interest, and he is pretty certain how he might fit.
“Almost everybody on the court, all sizes,” Feazell said, “can shoot the ball.”
That is, after all, why Feazell netted an Iowa State offer last week.
The 6-foot-8, 220-pound forward from Monticello (MS), whose primary offer before last week was Mississippi State, has built a relationship with Iowa State assistant William Small, and that recently translated to a scholarship offer.
“I was hearing from Coach William Small whenever he was at Murray State and he was recruiting me from then,” Feazell said. “The offer, my dad texted me and said that Iowa State offered. He said they had called and told him last week.”
Feazell is a prototypical Iowa State forward who, despite his size, can step out and space the floor. As a junior in 2015-16, Feazell averaged 17.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per game in 30 games for Lawrence County High School.
Small has watched Feazell practice multiple times and saw a fit for the lanky forward in Iowa State’s offense. In addition to shooting 54 percent from the field last season, Feazell shot 30 percent from 3 (22-of-74) as he works to both create that dimension in his game.
“Whenever they came to watch me practice, [Small] was telling me I was versatile and he liked my shooting ability and how I can fit into the program really well,” Feazell said. “They say I’m versatile and very athletic, that’s what they mostly talk about. I think I can shoot pretty well. That’s what a lot of coaches see is my shooting touch. I shoot 3-pointers too.”
While Mississippi State and Iowa State are Feazell’s primary offers entering the spring evaluation period, the likes of Ole Miss, Georgia, Virginia Tech, Alabama, Wichita State, UAB, South Alabama and Arkansas-Pine Bluff are interested.
Feazell, who Iowa State is recruiting to play the three and four positions in the Big 12, began the spring AAU circuit last weekend in Arkansas. Small will be in Dallas to see him play the weekend of April 15-17.
“We talk pretty often,” Feazell said of Small. “It’s a pretty good relationship because he’s down here often because his family stays in Mississippi and he’s a Mississippian, so it’s a pretty good relationship. When he was at Murray State he was recruiting me and it just started from there and just built.”
While Feazell is in no hurry for a decision, Iowa State has caught his attention.
“I’ll probably wait until the spring of my senior year [to sign],” Feazell said. “My dad, not too long ago, he said we want to fly up there and visit Iowa State in the summer.”