Iowa State has been a constant in the recruitment of big man KeyShawn Feazell in recent months, keeping close tabs on one of its top forward targets in 2017 as he has begun to emerge during the spring evaluation period.
The 6-foot-8, 220-pound forward from Monticello (MS) added an Iowa State offer on the final day of March and fellow Mississippian, ISU assistant William Small, has been in frequent contact since. The Cyclones have watched Feazell in recent weekends and Small stopped at Lawrence County High School last week.
“It was nice just talking about the program and how I would fit and stuff again,” Feazell said. “He was talking to my dad and grandma about the situation. It means a lot [that he came in] because it shows they’re very interested in me.”
Iowa State’s message from the onset of Feazell’s recruitment has been that he is a prototypical forward in coach Steve Prohm’s system.
As a junior last season, Feazell averaged 17.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per game in 30 games for Lawrence County High School. Even with his length, Feazell can space the floor and shot 30 percent from 3 (22-of-74) in 2015-16.
Iowa State has been equally impressed with his recent AAU performances.
“[I’m] just an athletic big man that can shoot the ball and spread the floor,” Feazell said Iowa State has told him it likes. “They told me I was a priority and they really wanted me to come. [Coach Prohm] told me that he liked my games and thinks that I would fit well.”
In addition to Iowa State, Feazell also holds offers from Mississippi State, Alabama, Ole Miss and most recently Baylor. Both Maryland and Tennessee are now showing interest after recent strong performances.
“It has picked up,” Feazell said of his recruitment. “It’s been pretty good. Before I started it wasn’t as crazy, but it [accelerated] after I started playing.
“Rebounding and blocking out, I’ve really improved that a lot. It’s more effective in EYBL because if you don’t block out you’re most likely going to get dunked on, but in high school you can just go up over everybody. Blocking out and rebounding is what I’ve excelled on.”
Feazell, who expects to make a decision sometime in the fall before his senior season, doesn’t currently have any concrete visit plans for the months ahead, though he is sure of one visit he plans to take sometime this summer.
“My dad and I are still talking about setting a date to go to Iowa State,” he said. “As of now I’m just trying to see somewhere I best fit and excel and hopefully play a couple years and go on to the next level.”