When Iowa State head coach Steve Prohm talks about forwards for the upcoming season, he talks about how much of a veteran group they are. He has four forwards on the roster, and three are currently seniors. As a result, Prohm will need to bring in new and young talent to the forward position within the 2017 class and maybe a few JUCO prospects.
Well, that is exactly what Prohm is doing. One of the few top targets still on the board for the Cyclones is somewhat of a new name in 2017 JUCO Tyler (TX.) forward Eden Ewing. Who received an offer from Iowa State and started talking to assistant coach William Small just around a month ago.
It didn’t take the 6-foot-8, 220-pounder much time at all to get himself on the campus of Iowa State. That visit occurred this weekend, and it’s his final official visit. So far, he has taken official visits to Fresno State (Sept. 24th), LSU (Oct. 8th) and Purdue (Oct. 21st).
Purdue - “My Purdue visit, it was a good visit more of a business trip, which I liked a lot,” Ewing said about his visit to Purdue. “It kind of reminded me of my school right now, everybody was down to earth and welcoming.”
LSU - “I mean they are a football school. The atmosphere there was crazy, I have never been in a place like that before.”
Fresno State - "It was good, I mean who doesn't want to live in California? It's a great place to live and also the best place in America to live at. Fresno is a great town and it was really friendly.”
So, how did his Iowa State official visit this weekend stack up to his previous officials?
“I really didn’t think that all the rest of the schools had the backing from the fans, at least from Fresno State and LSU. Purdue and Iowa State have a ton of fans that come out. My Iowa State visit was a really good experience. I got to hang out with some of the guys on the team. A lot of the players showed me around. They just let me know how good the fans are and how the whole program runs.”
One of the factors that kind of separated the Cyclones from the rest of the group was his host during his visit, senior guard Monte Morris. The 16-time Big 12 Player of the Week, really let Ewing know how special Ames is to him and how supportive the fans are.
“I had a host during my visit, Monte Morris. He is a cool dude, he just told me how much love he gets from the fans and that they are there every single night and that they give him the most respect. Morris also told me that he wouldn’t play anywhere else.”
When Ewing wasn’t hanging out with the Iowa State players or touring the campus, he was hanging out with the entire coaching staff. During their time together, they spent most of the time talking about how they will use Ewing in the Cyclones offense and eating at all of the best spots on campus.
“I hung out with the entire coaching staff a ton during my visit. They talked about how they plan to use me. But with me they’re trying to have me come in and replace George Niang. They are losing a lot of guys and they have five seniors and that's a lot of guys, want me to come in and be a leader. But I also had a chance to go out to dinner a lot with the coaches, hit up a bunch of different spots. It was pretty cool; Ames is cool, I didn’t expect it to be so live from such a small city.”
Before Ewing stepped foot on campus, he mentioned to me that Fresno State and Purdue were his two co-leaders within his recruitment. However, after leaving Ames he now has one leader that he will be making public when he announces on Nov. 9th.