RECRUITING: 2025 forward Braden Frager recaps Iowa State visit

Another player from Nebraska’s 2025 recruiting class is on Iowa State’s radar.

Lincoln Southwest forward Braden Frager took an unofficial visit to Iowa State on Thursday. The 6-foot-6 forward has already generated Power 5 interest and will be among the players Iowa State watches closely during this weekend’s live period.

“[The visit] was really good,” Frager told Cyclone Fanatic on Friday. “I really liked the players and coaches a lot. It was a nice campus. Just really liked it down there.”

Nebraska, Creighton and Northwestern have already extended scholarship offers to Frager, and Iowa State very well could be next to enter that mix.

Kyle Green has been the point man on Frager’s recruitment to this point.

Sources tell Cyclone Fanatic that Green is expected to be in Kansas City this weekend watching Frager and several other Iowa State priority targets in the 2025 class, including West Des Moines guard Curtis Stinson Jr. and Omaha Bryan forward Amare Bynum, alongside T.J. Otzelberger and JR Blount.

“Mostly it was Kyle Green,” Frager said. “He’s reached out to me and he’s been texting me. He talked to me mostly the entire visit. T.J. (Otzelberger) talked to me a little bit. He just texted me for the first time so we’ve texted a little bit, but it’s mostly been Kyle Green.”

Frager stands out on film for his length, ability to attack the rim with ferocity and a smooth shooting stroke on catch-and-shoot jumpers.

“I’m an aggressive player, who can get downhill, finish through contact and play with an edge, but can also step out and hit catch and shoot threes,” Frager said.

Frager is Iowa State’s second foray into Nebraska this week after the program offered Omaha Bryan forward Amare Bynum on Wednesday. The 6-foot-8 Bynum is the son of former Cyclone Omar Bynum.

“I just want to have a good relationship with the coaches and I’m going to have to like it there if I want to go to college there,” Frager said. “Just really how I’m going to like it, how I’m going to like the team I’m going to be playing with and the coaches are probably the biggest factors.”

Jared Stansbury


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