Williams Blog: Big hoops recruiting weekend starts today

By Chris Williams, PublisherFollow Chris on Twitter @ChrisMWilliams  

A busy basketball recruiting weekend will begin today for Iowa State.

— Virginia Tech transfer Dorian Finney-Smith will arrive in Ames later this afternoon for an official visit with the Cyclones. Finney-Smith averaged 6.3 points and seven rebounds per game last year for the Hokies as a freshman.

There is a lot of mixed “information” floating around the Internet regarding Finney-Smith right now.

CBS college basketball columnist Jon Rothstein recently called Iowa State a “major player” to land Finney-Smith’s services. 

Meanwhile, a Louisville media man named Mike Rutherford recently tweeted: “Have been told “unless something wild happens,” VT transfer Dorian Finney-Smith (another weekend visitor) will pick Florida or Louisville.”

As is the case with just about every college basketball recruiting story, anything can happen here folks. Finney-Smith is obviously interested in Iowa State or he wouldn’t be making the trip.

Expect Fred Hoiberg to pitch Royce White’s one-and-done (after a redshirt year of course) success to Finney-Smith. After all, did rank Finney-Smith as the nation’s 31st best recruit in the class of 2011.

— I’m hearing that Iowa State might receive an unofficial visit from a 2013 prospect today. I’ll keep you posted if I can get some confirmation on this potential story.

Monte Morris, a 2013 Flint, (Mich.) point guard who claims offers from other high-major programs such as: Iowa State, Arizona State, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, USC and Providence is also scheduled to be in town for an unofficial visit this weekend.

— In one final note, Wisconsin transfer Jarrod Uthoff committed to the University of Iowa last night.

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.