RECRUITING: Resetting Iowa State’s big board after live periods

The June and July live periods are behind us and they saw a couple new names added to Iowa State’s list of targets for the 2025 recruiting class.

Here, in no particular order, are the Cyclones’ priority targets for the 2025 cycle as it stands.

Jamarion Batemon – Guard – Milwaukee, Wis.

The 6-foot-3 combo guard has quickly moved near the top of Iowa State’s board with strong showings during the June and July live periods. The Cyclones offered Batemon on June 22 during an unofficial visit to Ames.

Batemon is one of the top scorers in Wisconsin, averaging 20.5 points per game last season as a sophomore, and led Milwaukee Academy of Science to an appearance in the Division 3 state semifinal last season.

He also holds offers from Illinois and Cal Poly with reported interest from Utah and Wisconsin.

Batemon is unrated at the moment, but you can expect that to change after some eye catching performances on the grassroots circuit for Power 5 3SSB this summer.

Curtis Stinson, Jr. – Guard – West Des Moines, Iowa

The legacy prospect has been on Iowa State’s radar for a long time. Rated as a four-star recruit by 247, the 6-foot-4 point guard was offered by Iowa State back in May after leading Valley to a Class 4A state championship last season.

Stinson is considered the No. 99 player in the class, No. 17 point guard and No. 2 player in Iowa by the 247Composite. He also holds offers from Nebraska and Missouri with reported interest from Clemson and Oklahoma.

Amare Bynum – Forward – Omaha, Neb.

Another legacy target, Bynum has seen his recruitment blow up after strong performances on the grassroots circuit. Iowa State was the 6-foot-8 power forward’s third offer when it was extended on June 15 during an unofficial visit.

He’s since landed five more offers from Iowa, Creighton, Texas Tech, Cal and Wake Forest joining Nebraska and Tennessee on his offer list. Bynum is rated as the No. 88 player in the 2025 class and No. 2 player in Nebraska by the 247Composite.

Braden Frager – Forward – Lincoln, Neb.

Another of the top players in Nebraska, Frager landed his offer from Iowa State the same week as Bynum. The 6-foot-6 forward has since picked up an offer from Iowa to go along with Nebraska, Creighton and Northwestern.

Frager is currently unrated by the recruiting services.

Kai Rogers – Center – Milwaukee, Wis.

The most highly-touted player on Iowa State’s board on paper, the 6-foot-10 Rogers is regarded as the No. 70 player in the class by 247, No. 13 center and No. 2 player in Wisconsin.

Iowa State offered on May 10 and he holds 11 other offers from Florida State, Georgetown, Illinois, Iowa, Marquette, Minnesota, Ole Miss, Penn State, St. John’s, Texas and Wisconsin.

Phoenix Gill – Guard – Chicago, Ill.

Iowa State’s most recent offer on the board, Gill picked up his on Thursday after an unofficial visit to Ames last week. The 6-foot-2 guard also holds offers from Illinois, Northwestern, Toledo and Valparaiso.

Gill is the son of former NBA guard and Illinois legend Kendall Gill and is currently unrated by the recruiting services.

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.