Caleb Grill will transfer from Iowa State

Two days after Zion Griffin announced his plans to transfer from Iowa State, freshman guard Caleb Grill did the same. The Maize, Kan. native made his intentions to leave the program public via his social media accounts Wednesday afternoon.

Grill, a 6-foot-3, 192-pound guard, was a late addition to Iowa State’s 2019 recruiting class, signing with the program in the spring over UNLV and Kansas State. He originally signed with South Dakota State and former Iowa State assistant TJ Otzelberger, but was released from his National Letter of Intent once Otz left to take over as the head man for the Runnin’ Rebels.

In his first season in Ames, Grill struggled mightily at times as he averaged 2.1 points and 1.7 rebounds while shooting 31 percent from the field and 25 percent from 3-point range. He broke out of a long shooting slump to hit five 3-pointers in the team’s final four games, including three in the season-ending Big 12 Tournament loss to Oklahoma State in which he finished with career-highs in points (nine) and rebounds (eight).

Grill’s departure leaves Iowa State with two scholarships open for the spring recruiting cycle with at least one more likely to open when Tyrese Haliburton, a projected lottery pick in the NBA Draft, announces his expected decision to turn pro rather than return to Iowa State for his junior season.

Stay tuned to CF for more on this developing story.

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.