A 'Big' Addition For Cyclones

Iowa State's basketball recruiting class for the 2004-05 season got a whole lot bigger this weekend, literally, as head coach Wayne Morgan increased his list of verbal commitments for the fall signing period to three. The addition could not have come at a better time, since the Cyclones have already secured a combo guard and swingman for next season.

Bellaire (Ohio) big man Aaron Agnew, a 6-foot-10, 300-plus pounder, gave Morgan his word Sunday shortly before returning home from an official visit to Ames. He chose the Cyclones over scholarship offers from USC and Duquesne.

"I already told them I'm going," he said. "I'm pretty happy right now. I had been there before for a camp, but I got to meet all of the guys and the coaching staff. It was pretty nice. I pretty much decided on Saturday after thinking about it most of the day. This morning I told Coach Morgan before I left that I was going to commit. I'm going to call them back tonight."

Many athletes that commit to schools after visits talk about some highlights off the court during their visits. But that wasn't entirely the case with Agnew.

"It really enjoyed hanging out with the guys, getting used to them and seeing how they are," he said. "That was pretty exciting. I got to sit and watch a lot of the practices and see how that goes. I think I fit in pretty well. Coach Morgan looks to get the ball inside a lot and every possession he wants to work it in. He said I would be a good piece for the offense.

"They will be losing two big guys and would have three other big guys there with me coming in. I will get a pretty good chance to play right away."

Although he has been known on a national scale since his sophomore year, Agnew emerged as a high Division I prospect this summer with solid performances at camps and with the Michigan Hurricanes AAU team. His play in the Las Vegas Big-Time Tournament, in which the Hurricanes won six of seven games and made the Sweet 16, piqued the interest of Cyclone assistant coach Fred Quartlebaum.

He also performed well individually during stops at the Pangos All-American, NBA Top 100 and ABCD camps.

"It helped out a lot, because I got to go to some big camps this summer," he said. "I got a lot of exposure and got my name out there. Iowa State mostly got involved when I was out in Vegas. I had been getting a lot of stuff from them, but that's when they started pushing real hard."

Agnew averaged 22 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks per game as a junior at Bellaire High School. His strengths include strong play around the basket.

"I have pretty good hands, try to rebound real hard, can pass pretty well and finish inside," he said.

The Bellaire standout also entertained recruiting interest from Xavier, Louisville and Pittsburgh, and took three unofficial visits to each program. His two official stops were to ISU and Duquesne.

Agnew is the third Iowa State commitment for the fall signing period and first post addition to a class that already included swingman Rahshon Clark and combo guard Tasheed Carr.

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