Hoops Recruiting News and Notes

Although it came as a big blow to the Iowa State coaching staff, a well-publicized setback in the recruitment of Mount Zion (N.C.) standout Roy Bright has not deterred their efforts. The Cyclones still have their sights set on signing a class of recruits that will keep them contending in the Big 12.

The fallout from the Bright ordeal has the staff looking in other directions after the shooting guard cancelled a press conference last Thursday in which he was expected to choose ISU. The 6-foot-5 Bright has now opened up his recruiting altogether.

As a result, the Cyclones appear to be focusing on another big-name recruit that will take his official visit to Ames this weekend. Prep schooler Rich Roby, a 6-foot-5, 170-pound small forward/shooting guard will join teammate Sylvester Seay at ISU this weekend. The 19th-ranked small forward nationally and a three-star recruit by The Insiders, Roby hails from Lawrence Academy in Groton, Mass.

Roby is actually a West Coast native and joined Seay, also his AAU teammate, at Lawrence Academy for this season. A huge summer offseason has catapulted Roby up the wish lists of Division I programs. He visited Colorado last month and has tentatively set a trip to Virginia Tech for next weekend.

Apparently, the Cyclones have made Roby an even higher priority than Tasheed Carr, a Mount Zion teammate of Bright's that can play both the one and two. Carr visited ISU last month, but scheduled a full slate of other visits including St. Joseph's and Temple.

The preference of Roby over Carr could also mean the staff is looking for more of a player in the mold of a small forward than a combo guard, which speaks highly of the progress of true freshmen guards Will Blalock and Curtis Stinson.

Another name that is appearing on wish lists in Ames is Aaron Agnew, a 6-foot-10, 300-pound center out of Bridgeport, Ohio's Bellaire High School. Agnew and the Bellaire program have a connection to ISU through head wrestling coach Bobby Douglas, a native of the area.

A three-star recruit by The Insiders, Agnew is said to have a playing style similar to Shaquille O'Neal, and has scholarship offers from Pittsburgh, Xavier, Dayton and Duquesne.

Although Ra'Sean Dickey and Cornelio Guibunda are still thought to be the top two post targets in the high school ranks, Agnew and Winchenden Prep power forward Frantz Dorsainvil should not be considered secondary targets and would be solid additions to the frontcourt.

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