Eustachy Signs Class of Three

AMES, Iowa--The Iowa State men's basketball program inked three players in the 2003 early signing period, Iowa State head coach Larry Eustachy announced today.

The class includes prep school players Will Blalock and Curtis Stinson, both top 100 national recruits, and junior college player Justin Holt, who was the 2002 Washington state player of the year.

"Time will tell in determining how great this class will be, but we feel very good about the players we have coming in," ISU head coach Larry Eustachy said. "I definitely feel that Justin, Will and Curtis will fit in at Iowa State and be instrumental in our team's success."

Will Blalock, G, 5-11, 165, Freshman, Boston, Mass. (East/Notre Dame Prep {Fitchburg, Mass.})

Justin Holt, F, 6-7, 205, Sophomore, Tacoma, Wash. (Lincoln/Tacoma CC)

Curtis Stinson, 6-2, 205, Freshman, New York, N.Y. (Bronx Regional/Winchendon Prep {Milford, Mass.})

Iowa State Signee Capsules

Justin Holt
Forward, 6-7, 205, Sophomore
Tacoma, Wash. (Lincoln/Tacoma C.C.)

Tacoma CC: Entering his freshman season at Tacoma CC...originally signed with Oregon State out of high school...after a coaching change, Holt opted to transfer to Tacoma CC for his freshman year...since he is a qualifier, Holt can transfer to Iowa State after his freshman season and have three years of eligibility. High School: Holt is an athletic player who possesses strong inside and outside skills...can beat people off the dribble as well as hold is own inside...did not start concentrating on basketball until his sophomore year...was the 2002 4A Washington State Player of the Year, as selected by the Seattle Times, Tacoma News-Tribune and The Associated Press...was the Seattle Times' all-school Washington player of the year, joining such players as Luke Ridnour (Oregon), Jamal Crawford (Michigan) and Scot Pollard (Kansas) as former Washington Player of the Year a senior, he led Lincoln to the state title for the second consecutive year, as the Abes became the first school to win back-to-back 4A state titles since 1988 and 1989 and only the seventh team in state history to accomplish the feat...led Lincoln to a two-year record of 56-3, going 29-1 as a junior and 27-2 as a senior...averaged 22.4 points, 10.1 rebounds and three steals as a senior, and 15.4 points as a junior...scored a West Central District record 45 points in a February (2002) game...scored 31 points in the first-round victory over Richland in the 2002 state tournament and followed that with a 26-point effort in a second round triumph over Garfield...4A tournament MVP as a senior after averaging 20.8 points and 10.8 rebounds in four games...competed in the 2002 Washington/Oregon Northwest Shootout and Washington State 4A All-Star Games...born Oct. 10, 1984...son of Steve and Linda Holt...has one sister, Carmella, and one brother, Andrew...he was selected the Eastside Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year...coached in high school by Tim Kelly.

Curtis Stinson
Guard, 6-2, 205, Freshman
New York, N.Y. (Bronx Regional/Winchendon Prep {Milford, Mass.})

High School: A tough and durable guard who made a name for himself during the summer at the ABCD camp and Adidas Big Time Tournament...has a great cross-over dribble that allows him to get free from defenders and is a fierce defender...will begin his second year at Winchendon Prep after transferring from New York City...played on the New York Ravens AAU team, leading it to the title of the 2002 Adidas Big Time Tournament in Las Vegas...was named MVP of the Adidas Big Time Tournament, scoring 16 points against the Florida Hoopsters in the championship game...averaged 4.5 apg in the Big Time Tournament, ranking second...averaged 19.1 points and 7.2 assists as a junior at Winchendon...rated as the 91st-best player in the nation according to No. 94 by No. 84 by Lindy's...ranked as the 14th-best shooting guard by Athlon...HoopScoop has him listed No. 21 on the best prep school players in the class of 2003...a high honorable mention pick by Street & Smith's...his AAU coach is Gary DeCesare...coached in prep school by Mike Byrnes.

Will Blalock
Guard, 5-11, 165, Freshman
Boston, Mass. (East/Notre Dame Prep {Fitchburg, Mass.})

High School: An emerging point guard prospect, Blalock is one of the top point guard talents in the class of 2003...a quick, strong player with excellent ballhandling and defensive skills...played basketball at East Boston HS last season, but transferred to Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass., for his final season...Notre Dame is the same prep school of current Cyclone Marcus Jefferson...averaged 20.1 ppg, 7.2 apg and 3.1 spg as a junior at East Boston...increased his stock with an outstanding performance at the Super Showcase in Orlando, Fla...played for Leo Papile's BABC AAU team in the summer...ranked as the 38th-best player and the ninth-best point guard in the nation according to Mike Sullivan's top 100...Prepstars rates him No. 88 in the lists him as the 84th-best player in the nation and 14th-best point honorable mention All-American pick by Street & Smith's...coached in prep school by Bill Barton...chose ISU over Pittsburgh, Miami, DePaul and George Washington.

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