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RECRUITING: Iowa State to host four-star Georgia guard on an official visit next week

Mar 25, 2022; Chicago, IL, USA; Iowa State Cyclones head coach T.J. Otzelberger yells during the second half against the Miami Hurricanes in the semifinals of the Midwest regional of the men’s college basketball NCAA Tournament at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State will reportedly host one of its priority targets for the 2023 recruiting cycle on an official visit next week.

Four-star guard Jelani Hamilton is expected to visit Ames on June 20, according to Endless Motor Sports. The 6-foot-6, 180-pound Georgian will be one of the staff’s top targets throughout the upcoming AAU recruiting cycles next month.

Hamilton, an Austell, Ga. native, is considered the No. 101 player in the class by the 247Composite along with being the No. 15 shooting guard in this cycle and No. 7 player in Georgia.

He already has a solid offer list in addition to the Cyclones with Auburn, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Illinois, LSU, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech and Xavier all having extended scholarship offers at this point.

Iowa State is the most recent school to offer the Cumberland Christian Academy product.

The 2023 recruiting cycle is sure to be a busy one for T.J. Otzelberger and his staff with only four scholarship players currently guaranteed to return for the 2023-24 season while several others on this year’s roster will have the option to return for COVID years.

Hamilton will certainly be one for Iowa State fans to follow in the coming weeks as the Cyclones narrow down a list of priorities that also includes five-star power forward Omaha Billiew and four-star forward Milan Momcilovic.

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.

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