RECRUITING: Notes as the hoops live period gets underway…

Monday is the start of the fall live period for college hoops and Iowa State is hitting the ground in full force. We are hearing Steve Prohm and his staff are already in the process of meeting with prospects as of this writing on Monday.

Here is a rundown of what we’ve heard is in store for the Iowa State staff this week:

*** Just to kick things off we will get the Xavier Foster question out of the way early. Prohm and assistant coach Daniyal Robinson are set to visit with the state’s top prospect on Monday.

The four-star Oskaloosa native visited Ames for the Cyclones’ season-opening football win over Northern Iowa and there’s a hope he could make it back to campus for the Cy-Hawk game this weekend.

*** Also on Monday, Prohm and Robinson are expected to be in to see Indian Hills guard Tyon Grant-Foster. The 6-foot-7 Kansas City native did not put up massive numbers as a freshman for the Warriors (averaged 8.2 points on 37.4 percent shooting) but he is someone the staff has had an eye on for quite awhile.

*** Elsewhere on Monday, William Small is slated to be in Atlanta to see three-star guard Jaden Walker. The 6-foot-5, 170-pounder rated as the No. 289 player in the country by 247Sports is scheduled to officially visit Iowa State this weekend.

*** Earlier in the day on Monday, James Kane was in Omaha to check-in on 2021 four-star guard Hunter Sallis. Rated as the No. 54 player in the country and No. 9 point guard by 247Composite, the 6-foot-5 Millard North junior has garnered interest from most every school in the Midwest and holds an offer from the Cyclones. He is expected to be in Ames for an unofficial on Saturday.

*** Now, on Tuesday, Prohm will be in Minnesota to see at least two prospects, including 2021 five-star center Chet Holmgren. The 7-footer from Minnehaha Academy is considered at consensus top-five prospect in the country for this year’s junior class.

*** While up north, Prohm will also see 2020 four-star guard Kerwin Walton. The 6-foot-4 combo guard, who plays for Hopkins, is rated as the No. 94 player in the class and holds more than 20 offers at this point, including Iowa State.

*** Wednesday, Prohm and Robinson will be back in a city that has served them well on the recruiting trail in recent years — Chicago. The trip will be to see 2020 five-star Whitney Young guard DJ Steward. The 6-foot-3 combo is rated as the No. 25 player in the country and just finished up an official visit to Texas this past weekend.

*** Last thing for now, someone from the staff will be headed to Florida later in the week to meet with three-star forward Dudley Blackwell. The 6-foot-5 wing is rated as the No. 146 player in the country and is slated to be visit Ames in November.

*** There could be more guys on campus for the football game this weekend, but the list seems to still be fluid, as recruiting always is at this time of the year. We’ll update that list as we know more throughout the week.

Jared Stansbury


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.