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WILLIAMS BLOG: Basketball scholarships and football momentum

I remember the days when there used to be an “offseason” in college athletics. Conference realignment put an end to those times back in 2009. The annual “Hoiberg Watch” went on for years. These days, it’s the spring basketball recruiting period that seems to never end.

This is a problem for Steve Prohm, and I think even he would admit it – that’s if he hasn’t already. While Iowa State won’t ever fully get out of the transfer sweepstakes (also known as college basketball’s spring free agency period), I do believe that Prohm is going to attempt to even out classes in the near future to avoid having to sign five, six, or seven-plus guys in April and May like he has had to do this spring. As far as players available goes, the transfer market is larger than ever, but it has also dried up. There is significantly more competition out there compared to what Fred Hoiberg faced in 2010. And while Hoiberg had a ton of success with transfers over the years, it was the four-year guys who ultimately were the cornerstone of the program.

With the addition of Princeton’s Hans Brase last week and the recent exit of Ray Kasango, Iowa State still has two scholarships to fill for the 2017-18 season.

Educated guess: Iowa State will still sign a sit-out transfer along with a grad transfer of some sort.

A quick hit on Kasongo: With all due respect to the young man – and I hope that he lands on his feet – he wasn’t going to contribute next year. This was a recruiting miss. Therefor, any graduate transfer that the staff brings in – regardless of who it is or what position he plays – should be an upgrade for next year’s roster.

You guys read this yet?

The way things stand at this specific point in time, I believe there is a better chance that Iowa State will play in a bowl game next year than go to a seventh-straight NCAA Tournament.

As far as the bowl game goes, I’m not alone.

The linked piece up above by SB Nation’s Bill Connelly is sure to get your Cyclone-loving blood pumping.

JOTTINGS

— If Hans Brase is healthy, the big man who can shoot will absolute bring something new to Iowa State’s 2017-18 roster. That’s a big if though.

Matt Campbell’s response to Brian Ferentz questioning his recruiting tactics was perfect. “Who, Kirk Ferentz?”

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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 CycloneNation.com (Scout.com). He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, CycloneReport.com 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.