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RECRUITING: Cyclones land Denver transfer Robert Jones

SIOUX FALLS, SD – MARCH 7: Robert Jones #21 of the Denver Pioneers tries to go up for a shot against Rocky Kreuser #34 of the North Dakota State Bison at the 2020 Summit League Basketball Championship in Sioux Falls, SD. (Photo by Richard Carlson/Inertia)

Iowa State has landed the second commitment of the T.J. Otzelberger era.

Denver transfer center Robert Jones announced his pledge to the Cyclones on Thursday. The Prior Lake, Minn. native will have three years of eligibility after playing the last two years for the Pioneers.

Jones, a 6-foot-10, 225-pound member of the 2019 recruiting class, averaged 9.1 points, 5.0 rebounds and shot 53.8 percent from the floor this past season for the Pioneers while playing 21.2 minutes per game in 15 appearances. He tallied 9.0 points and 4.7 rebounds on 57.8 percent shooting as a freshman in 2019-20.

On the surface, the Jones addition is not one that will make waves across the college basketball landscape but is one that can be crucial to the future of the program’s culture while providing frontcourt help off the bench.

Jones is a high-energy, high-character guy who is solid in the classroom, a hard worker and someone who can be crucial in turning the tide of the program behind the scenes, sources close to the situation have told Cyclone Fanatic.

This will be especially crucial in pushing players like Xavier Foster and George Conditt, who both figure to play large roles in the program’s immediate future.

The addition leaves Iowa State with two scholarships currently open for the 2020-21 recruiting cycle.

Stay tuned to Cyclone Fanatic for more on this story.

Jared Stansbury

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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.