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RECRUITING: Cyclones in Utah transfer’s top-five

Feb 29, 2020; Berkeley, California, USA; Utah Utes guard Both Gach (11) during the second half against the California Golden Bears at Haas Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Cody Glenn-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State is a finalist for the one of the nation’s top transfers.

Utah transfer forward Both Gach included the Cyclones, along with Minnesota, Auburn, Maryland and Creighton, in his top-five released Tuesday evening. Iowa State currently has two scholarships open for the 2020-21 season and is also considered to be one of the favorites for Indiana graduate transfer forward Justin Smith.

Gach, a 6-foot-6, 183-pound Austin, Minn. native, averaged 10.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game last season for the Utes while shooting 39.7 percent from the field and 25 percent from 3-point range. As a freshman in 2018-19, he averaged 7.7 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists.

Coming out of high school in the 2018 recruiting class, Gach was a four-star recruit considered the No. 149 player in the country by 247.

Iowa State has already landed two transfer commitments this spring from Memphis sit-out Tyler Harris and DePaul graduate transfer Jalen Coleman-Lands.

Jared Stansbury

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Jared is in his seventh year covering Iowa State football and basketball for Cyclone Fanatic. He worked as the site's intern for three years while studying Journalism in Iowa State's Greenlee School of Journalism. He started as a full-time staff writer in May 2016. He took over as the site's managing editor in January 2020. Jared spent five falls covering Iowa high school football as a reporter for KMA Radio, 1460 KXNO and 1430 KASI.