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RECRUITING: Texas guard Darius McNeill becomes hoops commit No. 3

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Steve Prohm and his staff are officially three-for-three when it comes to getting commitments from visiting 2017 prospects. Three-star Texas guard Darius McNeill has announced his commitment to Iowa State after a weekend visit to Ames.

The 6-foot-2-inch, 165-pound, Houston native is rated as a three-star prospect by 247 Composite. He is the No. 239 player in the country and 52nd best shooting guard in the 2017 class.

“[The visit] went great,” McNeill told Cyclone Fanatic in a text on Sunday. “The players [were] cool to be around and play with while I was there, as well as the fans. Everybody was friendly.”

Three-star Texas guard Darius McNeill on his visit over the weekend. (Photo credit: McNeill's Twitter profile (@Dboogie_1)
Three-star Texas guard Darius McNeill on his visit over the weekend. (Photo credit: McNeill’s Twitter profile (@Dboogie_1)

McNeill also held offers from Cincinnati, SMU, Texas Tech and a handful of others. He had included Texas, UConn and Florida in his top five, but didn’t receive a scholarship offer from any of the three.

Daniyal Robinson was his lead recruiter.

The left-handed guard brings a good handle with a smooth shot from all over the floor. He is an explosive athlete that saw his list of college choices grow quickly during the summer months.

He has a very fast first step that allows him to accelerate away from defenders quickly and easily.


McNeill is the first true guard in Prohm’s 2017 recruiting class. He joins Wisconsin forward Terrence Lewis and Mississippi post player KeyShawn Feazell as commits in the class.

The addition of McNeill puts the Cyclones in line to move into the top 20 of 247‘s class rankings. They will likely jump over TCU, Clemson and North Carolina to No. 17 when the rankings are updated.

Four-star, Oak Hill Academy, point guard Lindell Wiggington will likely become the focus now as the coaches continue to put together their class. The No. 12 floor general in the country, according to 247 Composite, will visit Oregon this weekend before visiting Ames on Sept. 24.

Stay tuned to Cyclone Fanatic for more on McNeill’s commitment.

Jared Stansbury

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Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.

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