Iowa State wasted little time jumping in on the recruitment of emerging Legacy Charter (SC) forward Nicolas Claxton last weekend.
Not long after watching him perform Saturday, the Cyclones joined a growing list of suitors for the versatile 6-foot-10 forward. Claxton’s offer list now includes a dozen Power 5 programs, including the likes of Arizona, Georgia, Florida State, Texas A&M and Oregon in addition to Iowa State and others.
“They like my versatility and how I can impact the game in a lot of different ways,” Claxton said of Iowa State’s message. “[The offer] was after the game [Saturday]. They talked to my dad. [They told him they like] just the different things I can do on the floor.”
Claxton’s father, Charles, was a 7-foot center at Georgia from 1991-95. Much like his father, Nicolas is long and lanky, though his versatility allows him to space the floor and take defenders out on the perimeter.
Those aspects are what could translate to Iowa State’s system.
“I like to push the ball and be able to get my teammates involved and just do as much as I can,” Claxton said of his game. “I would say if I have a taller guy on me I’m going to go out on the perimeter and work from there and if I have a shorter guy on me I can go to the block and work from the paint.”
Claxton, who is being recruited primarily by Iowa State staffer Neill Berry, hadn’t heard from the Cyclones before the offer came in last weekend but the offer, he said, carries some significance. He and Berry have been building a relationship in the days since.
“The Big 12 is a top conference and really good competition, so it means a lot,” Claxton said. “I know they like to [run] a lot and cause a lot of havoc on defense and I like to get up and down the court and do those things as well.”
Claxton doesn’t currently have any visit plans set in stone, but may visit both Florida State and Georgia this summer. For now, the emerging prospect said his recruitment remains wide open as the spring moves forward.
His growing list will be cut later this year, and he has a few factors in mind.
“Playing time as a freshman and the academics, but most of the top schools have great academics,” Claxton said. “I’ll probably cut my list toward the end of July and I’ll probably make my decision around the fall.”