COMMIT ANALYSIS: Mercedus Leech is a high upside prospect to tip off the 2019 class

It was months ago when news that Iowa State was involved with Mercedus Leech started to surface. On Wednesday morning, the long process finally concluded with a commitment, Iowa State’s first for its class of 2019.

Leech, listed at 6-foot-5, 170-pounds currently lives in Jonesboro, Ark. and has coming off of a rough past when it comes to basketball. He was once considered to be a top 50 recruit in the country before suffering a nasty leg break last summer. That’s when many of the top schools in the country who were recruiting him fell off. Iowa State did not.

Iowa State’s coaching staff intently watched Leech, who now has a clean bill of health, compete at an AAU tournament in St. Louis over the weekend.

Scouting report: He’s a long, 6-foot-5 who can shoot the basketball. Leech is known for this high motor and long wingspan. He’s skinny and a Big 12 weight program will do him a lot of good. This is a high upside commitment from Iowa State.

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Chris Williams


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 ( He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, 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.