Mar 11, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Mississippi Rebels guard Blake Hinson (0) dribbles against Georgia Bulldogs forward Rayshaun Hammonds (20) during the second half in the SEC conference tournament at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports
Iowa State landed another major piece for its 2020-21 men’s basketball roster early Wednesday morning when Ole Miss transfer Blake Hinson verbally committed to the program, as first reported by 247Sports‘ Evan Daniels.
Hinson is expected to apply for a waiver in order to gain immediate eligibility.
The 6-foot-7, 229-pound Deltona, Fla. native averaged 10.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game last season for the Rebels while shooting 39.6 percent from the field and 31.9 percent from 3-point range. As a freshman in 2018-19, Hinson added 8.3 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists.
He scored 13 points and grabbed five rebounds while playing 30 minutes when Iowa State visited Oxford and left with an 87-73 win in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.
Out of high school, the Sunrise Prep Academy product was a three-star recruit considered the No. 144 playing in the country and No. 1 player in Kansas in the 2018 recruiting cycle. He chose Ole Miss over other high-major offers such as Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Missouri, Memphis, Washington and Washington State.
This is Iowa State’s third addition via the transfer portal this spring as Hinson joins DePaul graduate transfer Jalen Coleman-Lands and Memphis transfer Tyler Harris. Like Hinson, Harris is expected to seek a waiver to gain immediate eligibility.
Hinson’s commitment leaves Iowa State with just one open scholarship remaining for the 2020-21 season, which, as of now, seems likely to stay unfilled, leaving the program some wiggle room to take a mid-year transfer or just for the next recruiting cycle.
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