WILLIAMS: Quick thoughts on a busy basketball recruiting Saturday 

Just a few quick thoughts on what was an eventful Saturday in the world of Iowa State basketball recruiting…

First things first, Troy transfer Javan Johnson committed to Steve Prohm on the final day of his official visit (Saturday). Johnson will have two years to play after sitting out the 2019-20 season. You can read more about him by CLICKING HERE. 

That wasn’t the only news though.

Iowa State missed out on perhaps its top target of the spring – Little Rock graduate transfer Rayjon Tucker – who committed to Penny Hardaway and Memphis. 

A few thoughts on this…

No doubt, of all the guys on the board to start the spring, Tucker was the most important when it comes to immediate help NEXT SEASON. He averaged over 20 points per game and was a 41 percent 3-point shooter as a junior at Little Rock.

I’m told there is a still a chance that Tucker will go pro…

Nonetheless, it’s a tough blow for next year’s Cyclone team as Tucker would have been a huge piece.

There is still plenty of hope left for Iowa State though. 

Rasir Bolton, a transfer out of Penn State, is also on campus this weekend and with three years of eligibility remaining, one has to imagine that the former Nittany Lion is priority No. 1 for Steve Prohm with one scholarship remaining. It is also worth noting that there seems to be momentum behind the scenes that Bolton, a 6-foot-2 guard who averaged 11.2 points per game as a freshman, could be immediately eligible next season if a waiver is given to him (For what it’s worth, I do not know the specifics of what this case would be). 

Regardless, with a solid four-year prospect in Caleb Grill on the board along with Javan Johnson, Iowa State’s spring is going to be just fine. Adding that immediately eligible transfer to help with next year’s squad would definitely be a make it a slam dunk. 

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.