Iowa State Assistant T.J. Otzelberger Headed to South Dakota State

Iowa State assistant T.J. Otzelberger was named the head men's basketball coach at South Dakota State on Thursday afternoon after several days of speculation.

Iowa State is on the search for a new assistant coach after T.J. Otzelberger was introduced as the head coach at South Dakota State on Thursday.

Otzelberger, who returned to Iowa State last April after a two-year stint as the associate head coach at Washington, has long been interested in becoming a Division I head coach. He was a candidate and a rumored frontrunner for the Iowa State job last summer before the Cyclones hired Steve Prohm and was a candidate at Wisconsin-Milwaukee this month.

Thursday afternoon, Otzelberger officially became the Jackrabbits' newest coach after several days of speculation. 

In his time at Iowa State, Otzelberger was an integral recruiting asset. During this second stint at Iowa State, which proved to be a one-year stay, Otzelberger was the lead recruiter of five commits including 2016 JUCOs Emmanuel Malou and Donovan Jackson, high schoolers Jakolby Long and Solomon Young and graduate transfer Darrell Bowie.

The biggest question facing Iowa State now is what happens with those players.

AllCyclones.com has gathered that Long, Young, Bowie and Malou all intend to stick with Iowa State despite the shakeup. Jackson told AllCyclones.com on Thursday that he will take a week to "think about everything that's been happening lately." He has been expected to be an integral part of the 2016-17 roster. 

A potential leading candidate to replace Otzelberger will be current Special Assistant to the Head Coach, Neill Berry, who arrived with Prohm last summer. 


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