It's Official: Agnew Signs With ISU

<b>Bellaire, OH --</b> Although he was the third and final commitment for Iowa State's fall signing class, Bellaire (Ohio) high big man Aaron Agnew became the first official member by faxing in his binding national letter-of-intent to Cyclone coaches this morning after a press conference at his high school.

The 6-foot-10, 330-pound post player met with reporters at his local high school, then was happy to get on with his day at school and the ensuing basketball season.

"It was a lot of fun," said Agnew, who originally chose the Cyclones after a late-October visit. "I like Iowa State a lot, being able to say I'm a Cyclone and playing in the Big 12.

"It was really about getting it out of the way right now and being able to concentrate on school and my senior season of basketball. There was some pressure going into the whole situation, and if this is really what I wanted to do, but it's a big relief being able to concentrate on other things now."

Agnew walks into a favorable situation in Ames, with seniors Jackson Vroman and Andrew Skoglund set to move on after this season, and a pair of other post players, Jared Homan and Damion Staple, who will be doing the same in two years.

"It will be a real good thing for me going in next year, because they'll be losing two big guys," he said. "I'll be able to go in and get a good bit of playing time right off the bat."

The newest Cyclone speaks very highly of what's offered both on the court and off at ISU.

"I got to meet the whole coaching staff and a lot of the players, so I got a real good feel for what they're trying to do there," he said. "I also got to see their Art Building. They have a real good program there."

A lot of Cyclone fans want to know if he's the next Victor Alexander. Surely, Agnew had heard of the former ISU big man under Johnny Orr, right?

"I've heard of him and saw a few pictures of him, but they didn't talk a whole lot about him," he said. "They said he was a pretty big guy himself."

Although he had 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.

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.

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.

[NOTE] ISU is also expected to sign a pair of prep schoolers, Bridgton (Conn.) Academy swingman Rahshon Clark and Mount Zion (N.C.) Christian Academy combo guard Tasheed Carr. However, their signings are not expected to become official until later in the week since each recruit's parents, located out of state from the prep schools, are required to sign letters of intent.

Agnew gets prepared to do a television interview Wednesday morning at his high school shortly after announcing his signing with Iowa State.

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