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RECRUITING: Cyclones offer five-star 2019 forward Marcedus Leech

Iowa State’s 2017 recruiting class is coming into shape and that has allowed the staff to set its eyes on the future.

Assistant coach William Small was in the Memphis area last week seeing a handful of top-level recruits in the 2018 and 2019 classes.

On Wednesday, it was assistant coach Daniyal Robinson who was able to hit the road. Robinson was in Missouri where he visited and extended an offer to five-star 2019 forward Marcedus Leech, a source confirmed to Cyclone Fanatic late Wednesday night.

The 6-foot-5-inch, Poplar Bluff, Mo., native is rated as the No. 20 prospect in the 2019 class by 247 Composite. He is the No. 9 small forward and the top player in the state of Missouri.

His left-handed shooting stroke, deadly range from behind the arc, quick handles and ability to finish at the rim have led to comparisons between Leech and Houston Rockets star James Harden.

Leech, who played for the St. Louis Eagles during the summer, holds offers from seven other schools right now including: Kansas, Miami (FL), Washington, Missouri, Wichita State, Vanderbilt and New Mexico State. His 247 profile also lists interest, but no scholarship offer, from Iowa.

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.