RECRUITING: Iowa State lands 2022 four-star combo guard Eli King

T.J. Otzelberger and his staff’s recruiting roll continues.

The Cyclones have landed a commitment from 2022 four-star Minnesota combo guard Eli King, multiple sources confirmed to Cyclone Fanatic on Tuesday. The news was first reported by 247Sports‘ Travis Branham.

King is the second commitment in Iowa State’s 2022 recruiting class, joining his AAU teammate with D1 Minnesota, Tamin Lipsey, who announced his pledge last week.

King, 6-foot-3, 185 pound Caledonia, Minn. native, is considered the No. 73 player in the 2022 recruiting class, No. 12 combo guard and No. 2 prospect in Minnesota, according to 247Composite. The commitment comes over offers from Iowa, Marquette, Minnesota, Stanford, Nebraska and Northern Iowa.

Otzelberger recruited and coached King’s older brother, Owen, at South Dakota State.

With the addition of King, who is the 11th highest-rated recruit in Iowa State history by 247Composite, Iowa State’s 2022 recruiting class now ranks as the No. 4 class in the country by the same metric. While it remains early in the next recruiting cycle, it is hard to deny Otzelberger and his staff’s massive success on the trail to this point.

This commitment puts Iowa State over the scholarship limit of 13 for the 2022-23 season. Still, that number is expected to be fluid with COVID-19 induced eligibility changes starting to become clearer in the coming months and years.

Stay tuned to Cyclone Fanatic for much more on this 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.