Bright Speaks Highly of Ames, ISU Staff

Perhaps the top fall target for Iowa State's recruiting class, Mount Zion guard Roy Bright got the royal treatment during his official visit to Ames last weekend, as he was the only senior recruit on hand for the big ISU-Iowa weekend. But was it enough to convince him to make the trek from North Carolina prep star to playing for the Cyclones? Bright shared his opinions on the official visit with CN Tuesday night.

"I thought the people were real friendly and the campus was pretty nice," said Roy Bright, the nation's fourth-ranked shooting guard and a four-star recruit by The Insiders. "I like the coaches up there and the way they get along with the players and me. Coach Q (Fred Quartlebaum) and I have a really good relationship. We've known each other since I was a sophomore and he was at North Carolina."

Bright's recruitment appears to be a two-horse race at this point, with ISU and Tennessee battling for this top star at one of the nation's top prep school programs. The Insiders' Dave Telep considers Bright to be one of the best to come out of Mount Zion since Tracy McGrady in 1997.

Although Bright has yet to schedule a third official visit, a decision is not as imminent as others believed after last weekend's trip to Ames.

"I haven't made a commitment, because I wasn't comfortable about it yet," Bright said. "Tennessee and Iowa State are about the same…50-50. I want to take my time and make a decision then."

ISU head coach Wayne Morgan and Quartlebaum made an in-home visit last on Sept. 9, according to Bright. Bright added that the Cyclones and Volunteers each have something in common – the chance to play as a freshman.

"Iowa State doesn't really have anybody to play two-guard or small forward and I could come in right away and play," he said. "I would get the chance to play right away at three for (Tennessee). Playing time is something I'm thinking about."

The Cyclone coaching staff already has secured a commitment from prep school athlete Rahshon Clark, a 6-foot-6, 180-pounder out of Bridgton Academy in Maine.

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