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Three Iowa State signees in final Rivals150 for 2018 recruiting cycle

Jan 7, 2017; Arlington, TN, USA; Simeon Wolverines Talen Horton-Tucker forward (5) goes to the basket against a Cordova Wolves player during the game at Arlington High School. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

The final Rivals150 for the 2018 recruiting class has been released and Iowa State’s class of four signees sits just inside the top-25 nationally at No. 24 following the update.

Talen Horton-Tucker finishes the evaluation cycle just short of five-star status as he’s the No. 31 player in the country. The cut-off for five-star prospects this year was No. 29. He is considered the No. 6 shooting guard in the class and is the third-highest rated Big 12 recruit with the top-two slated to go to Kansas.

The recruiting service’s Eric Bossi listed the Simeon Academy product in the section “The Reason I Believe In This Player’s Ranking…”.

“I’m pretty sure that by ranking Iowa State-bound wing Talen Horton-Tucker No. 31 we will have him much higher than anybody else in the recruiting industry,” Bossi wrote. “I’m fine with that, and he’ll end up making us look smart. I’m a believer in his competitive spirit, I’m a believer in his versatility on the wing and I’m a believer in his work ethic and results. THT plays well on both ends of the floor, makes his teammates better and I also think you have to factor in that he won’t turn 18 until late November of his freshman season in Ames.”

Zion Griffin is also inside the service’s final top-100 as he climbed four spots up to No. 81. The four-star prospect is considered the No. 19 small forward in the class.

The last Iowa State signee in the ranking is Wisconsin point guard Tyrese Haliburton, who comes in at No. 150. Coming off of a senior season that saw Haliburton win Wisconsin’s Gatorade player of the year award as he led his Oshkosh North team to a state title, he is rated as the No. 32 point guard in the class.

Iowa State’s class is the third-highest rated in the Big 12 behind Kansas and Texas. Duke commit R.J. Barrett continued to hold down the nation’s top spot with fellow Blue Devil commits Cam Reddish and Zion Williamson both inside the final top-five.

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