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INSIDER: Hoops coaches busy on the trail before season begins

Iowa State assistant coach William Small is expected in Memphis on Thursday to visit a pair of guards in the 2018 class, a source told Cyclone Fanatic on Wednesday.

Small will be stopping in to see four-star shooting guard T.J. Moss and four-star point guard Tyler Harris. Both players are currently in the 247 Composite’s Top 100.




Harris is the No. 59 player in the country, the 9th-ranked point guard, and holds offers from eight other schools, including: Kansas, Purdue, LSU, Xavier and Auburn. At 5-foot-9, 150-pounds, Harris might be on the smaller side for a college point guard, but his shooting stroke, quickness and ball-handling abilities make him a very intriguing prospect.

Adding another point guard will be one of the top priorities for the Iowa State staff while putting together their 2018 class. Donovan Jackson will be gone after the 2017-18 season, leaving whoever Iowa State adds to their 2017 class as the only point guard on the roster.

Moss, rated as the No. 80 prospect in the country and No. 22 shooting guard, holds offers from 11 other schools including: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Connecticut, TCU and Memphis. The 6-foot-3-inch prospect is a really good athlete and has a deadly shooting stroke from deep.

*** While in the Memphis area, Small is expected to visit class of 2019 five-star forwards D.J. Jeffries and Chandler Lawson.

Jeffries, who attends Olive Branch High School in Olive Branch, Miss., is the No. 5 prospect, and No. 3 small forward, in the 2019 class according to 247 Composite. He also holds offers from Kansas, Memphis, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and a handful more.

The 6-foot-7-inch, 185-pound, prospect, to put it simply, is a freaking stud.

Lawson is the No. 21 prospect in the country and No. 4 power forward, per 247 Composite. His 247 profile only lists an offer from Florida, but his father works at Memphis and both his brothers play for the Tigers, so that makes them the clear cut favorite to land the 6-foot-8-inch, 180-pound, power forward.

That said, you never know what could happen in recruiting, so I have to give props to Iowa State for getting in and making the connection.

*** One more 2018 prospect Small will be seeing is three-star forward Ryan Boyce. The 6-foot-5-inch, 180-pound, wing is the No. 161 prospect in the class and No. 41 small forward.

He currently holds offers from Florida, Western Kentucky and a handful of others. I couldn’t find a full highlight tape, but here he is throwing down a nasty dunk.

*** Iowa State assistant Neill Berry is expected at Oak Hill Academy on Wednesday to visit four-star point guard Lindell Wigginton. The 6-foot-1-inch, 175-pound, floor general officially visited Ames last weekend.

As I reported earlier this week, the feeling around Wigginton’s recruitment is that Iowa State is in a good spot. The question now is whether or not he will take more official visits before coming to a college decision.

Multiple attempts to reach Wigginton since his visit have been unsuccessful.

*** This was reported on Tuesday, but Iowa State assistant Daniyal Robinson was in to see 2020 Oskaloosa, Iowa, forward Xavier Foster on Monday. The 6-foot-9-inch, 200-pound, prospect picked up a scholarship offer from Iowa last week.

Iowa State hasn’t offered yet, but he is definitely an in-state name to keep an eye on. There isn’t much out there on Foster yet since he’s just a freshman, but here’s a workout video I found.

Jared Stansbury

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Jared is in his sixth year covering Iowa State football and basketball for Cyclone Fanatic. He's the site's lead reporter for ISU recruiting. He worked as the site's intern for three years while studying Journalism in Iowa State's Greenlee School of Journalism. He started as the full-time staff writer in May 2016. Jared spent five falls covering Iowa high school football as a reporter for KMA Radio, 1460 KXNO and 1430 KASI.