Date Committed: August 30, 2015
The Lowdown: Steve Prohm loves points guards as has been proven with NBA talents Isaiah Canaan and Cameron Payne and now with Monte Morris, who may become more of a scorer in his senior season with hopes of reaching The League. He's hoping Donovan Jackson will be his next one. The 6-foot-2 lefty is thinking over his recruitment after the departure of assistant T.J. Otzelberger, but the Cyclones are hopeful he stays put.
Assuming Jackson still lands in Ames, he'll play an integral role in 2016-17 even with Morris still in town. Iowa State is likely to run four-guard sets with Morris, Jackson, Matt Thomas and Naz Mitrou-Long, Morris will likely see his minutes decline (from 38 per game in 2015-16) and also will play more off the ball, allowing Jackson to run the show. When 2017-18 rolls around, Jackson would be the guy. Currently, Jackson is recovering from a fractured right wrist, but after averaging 13.6 points per game as a freshman at Iowa Western on 46 percent shooting (66-of-164 from 3), Jackson averaged 15.3 points per game (48-of-97 from 3) before his season was cut short this year.
Date Committed: August 31, 2015
The Lowdown: It is no secret that Iowa State lacked frontcourt depth in 2015-16, and Solomon Young begins to address that deficiency with youth in this class. The 6-foot-7 forward also fits Iowa State's system perfectly. Despite his size, Young is a pretty good shooter who can hit shots from the perimeter and handle the ball even with his large frame. During his recruitment, Young was pitched the idea of being used in some ways that Georges Niang was. He is aggressive and a good defender.
Iowa State may have landed a steal in Young, whose recruitment picked up early with Pac-12 offers from USC and Washington before he tore his ACL. Last July other schools came on late (including Texas), but Iowa State landed him nonetheless. Young could garner immediate minutes in 2016-17 and then get turned loose as a sophomore.
Date Committed: September 18, 2015
The Lowdown: The story of Emmanuel Malou is an interesting one, and Iowa State landed him last fall the same week that Texas Tech's Tubby Smith and Kansas' Bill Self visited him in California. Iowa State had multiple connections to him, including his Iowa ties. Malou played at the now-defunct ABCD Prep before going to junior college and Fred Hoiberg recruited him there. There will be an NCAA eligibility process given Malou's travel and issues with the prep school, but Iowa State is hopefully to move past those smoothly.
Should everything go according to plan, the 6-foot-9 Malou is likely to make a major impact immediately. Malou, who transferred to DMACC late last year to focus on academics, averaged 14.7 points and 8.5 rebounds as a freshman at Yuba College (Calif.) in 2014-15 while shooting 47.3 percent from 3-point range (26-of-55). Malou is another player who fits Iowa State's run-and-gun style perfectly and is likely to start, helping the Cyclones make up for the 44.5 points and 20 rebounds per game they lose from last season.
Date Committed: October 9, 2015
The Lowdown: Landing Jakolby Long proved to be a big get for Iowa State in the 2016 class. Not only did Iowa State get the top shooting guard out of Oklahoma, it also landed one of the toughest wing players in this class. The Cyclones especially liked Long because of his 6-foot-5 frame and his defensive ability, giving the staff hope that those two things — his build and hard-nosed mentality — could help him make an impact as a freshman in a physical Big 12 Conference.
Even with a number of guards who will be seniors (Morris, Mitrou-Long and Thomas), Long should still have a chance to make an impact as a freshman. He could see minutes at the three position and beginning with his sophomore season, when the Cyclones lose a bulk of their contributors, he'll be focal point of the future and a potential starter.
Date Committed: November 22, 2015
The Lowdown: There was much anticipation over whether 6-foot-9 forward Cameron Lard would ever sign with Iowa State. Following his commitment late last year, Lard faced numerous eligibility concerns, especially after transferring from a high school in Louisiana to one in Houston. Nonetheless, Lard did sign with Iowa State on the first day of the spring signing period and Steve Prohm indicated in a statement that he would arrive this summer. If he does, it'll be a big boost to a thin frontcourt.
Much like Young, Lard is a versatile forward who fits Iowa State's run-and-gun scheme. Less of a 3-point threat than Young, Lard has similarities to Jameel McKay in both his physical makeup and with his style. Lard runs the court well and is thought to be a good area rebounder. Combined with Young, the two could help reshape the frontcourt, providing depth as freshmen before seeing their roles continue to increase as sophomores.
Date Committed: March 3, 2016
The Lowdown: Knowing it was about to lose three valuable forwards in Georges Niang, Jameel McKay and Abdel Nader, a group that combined for 44.5 points and 20 rebounds per game in 2015-16, Iowa State set out this spring to land an immediate-impact graduate transfer. That quest ultimately led to 6-foot-7 Northern Illinois forward Darrell Bowie, who sat out this past season after having shoulder surgery last year.
Bowie has averaged 8.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in the last three seasons at Northern Illinois while playing less than 25 minutes per game last season. At Iowa State he figures to make a large impact in his final season. The Cyclones will use Bowie at both the three and four spots and land a player who not only can score, but who will also help the team defensively and in the rebounding category.