2012 big man Norvel Pelle will officially visit

By Chris Williams, PublisherFollow Chris on Twitter @ChrisMWilliams

Iowa State will host one of the top players from the class of 2011 on an official visit this weekend.

Norvel Pelle, a 6-foot-9 forward out of Stoneridge Prep in California, will arrive in Ames on Friday afternoon, this according to his AAU coach Brian Beard.

Pelle originally committed to St. John’s in 2011 but was ruled academically ineligible before the 2011-12 college basketball season began. Since then, he’s re-opened his recruitment and according to Beard, is considering Iowa State, San Diego State, UNLV, UTEP, LSU and UConn.

Pelle would be eligible to play in 2012 for whichever school he chooses to attend.

Iowa State assistant coach Matt Abdelmassih is heading up Pelle’s recruitment.

Pelle was ranked as the No. 1 center by in the class of 2011 and the nation’s 23rd overall prospect.

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Chris Williams


Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He is Iowa State football's postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network and can be heard daily from 4-7 on Des Moines' top-rated sports station, 1460 KXnO. Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old ( He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, and is the former sports director at KMA Radio. When Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley, daughter Camryn, and Golden Retriever Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.