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INSIDER: Adding two names to Iowa State’s big board

Feb 15, 2020; Omaha, Nebraska, USA; DePaul Blue Demons guard Jalen Coleman-Lands (5) dribbles against the Creighton Bluejays in the first half at CHI Health Center Omaha. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

You guys know the drill when it comes to spring recruiting, now known as “Transfer Season.” There are a lot of moving parts. 

Daily, more prospects are added to college basketball’s pool of free agents and with four scholarships available, Iowa State is obviously very active.

This movement isn’t expected to stop anytime soon. Sources across college basketball have indicated to me that regardless of what June’s transfer vote brings, more prospects are expected to hit the market.  

I write the following with the same disclosure I always add: Times are fluid and this stuff can change by the minute. But I am confident enough to add a couple of premiere transfers to Iowa State’s big board, while throwing in a couple of additional tidbits as well. 

No offer…

— Check out an update I put on the Cyclone Fanatic forum last night night regarding Western Michigan transfer Michael Flowers. Despite being mention in his “final four,” Iowa State has not extended an offer. Flowers will announce his decision on Thursday afternoon. 

— Regarding Hawaii transfer Drew Buggs … he announced a “final three” yesterday, which included Iowa State. From with I have gathered, the Cyclones have yet to formally offer the Cyclone legacy. That isn’t to say that Iowa State won’t in the near future. Stay tuned on this one, as it is just starting to develop.

New to the mix…

Jalen Coleman-Lands, DePaul – He was recently given a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA. Coleman-Lands started his career at Illinois and transferred to DePaul, where he averaged 11.1 points and 2.7 rebounds per game last season. The competition will be tough on this one but Iowa State is shooting for the stars this offseason, electing to only pursue transfers who can truly make a difference to help turn things around next season. Coleman-Lands will be immediately eligible in 2020-21. 

Chaundee Brown, Wake Forest – A 6-foot-5 board who averaged 12.1 points per game in the ACC last season. He started 73 games during his three seasons at Wake. Brown notably scored 24 points in a win over Duke last season. Last week, Brown announced that he was entering the draft, but he also put his name in the transfer portal. Recruiting wise, this will be a similar scenario to that of Coleman-Lands, filled with competition but the possibility for a high reward too. 

Picking up steam…

Tyler Harris, Memphis – A fascinating recruiting story, who Iowa State previously had a great relationship with out of high school. At 5-foot-9, Harris is small but fast and explosive. He averaged 10.8 and 8.7 points per game at Memphis the last two seasons, where he was recruited over. Harris shot 36.4 percent from three as a sophomore. It sounds like Baylor might be involved here but due to prior relationships, Iowa State should be in the mix to the end. 

Holding out hope

Justin Kier, George Mason – This would be a home run. This 6-foot-4 wing led George Mason in scoring at 14.5 points per game as a junior, while shooting 37 percent from three. He recently announced a “final seven” on Instagram, which included Iowa State, Michigan, Minnesota, N.C. State, Georgia, Arkansas and Georgetown. 

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