Iowa State coach Steve Prohm talks about the Cyclones' upset loss to TCU on Saturday in Hilton Coliseum in Ames. Tommy Birch, firstname.lastname@example.org
Just one mailbag this week, folks. I've got a couple other stories in the works that I think you'll enjoy.
So, I wholeheartedly apologize for forcing Cyclone and Hawkeye fans to read the same story. Peaceful coexistence is the goal here.
Or ... maybe just coexistence.
I see @CycloneMBB offered Harlond Beverly of Montverde Academy. What can you tell us about him? — @ted_rood
The Cyclones hit the recruiting trail during their weeklong break between games.
Steve Prohm was in Florida on Monday and offered four-star combo guard Harlond Beverly, one of the top-remaining 2019 prospects. Assistant coach William Small was up in Pennsylvania earlier in the week, where he watched and later offered combo guard Clarence Nabolny, who's from Paris, France.
It's clear Iowa State is looking for another piece to its backcourt next year.
The assumption going into this season was that Lindell Wigginton would declare for the NBA Draft, so the staff had kept its eyes on 2019 prospects for a potential fourth spot. Now they're in "official" pursuit, you could say, of a spot that could be opened from Wigginton leaving, another player going to the NBA or regular attrition.
I don't know a lot about Nadolny, other than he's also picked up offers from West Virginia, St. Bonaventure and Georgetown since the fall. He told me the plan was for Prohm to visit him in a couple weeks.
By coincidence, I actually do know a bit about Beverly. I covered him for our USA TODAY Network partners at the Detroit Free Press during one of the live periods last July. Michigan State had offered, and Michigan was showing serious interest. So, I watched him play a couple games with his Reach Legends 17U squad.
His length jumps out first. He's a lanky, 6-foot-4 guard who can frustrate smaller guards on defense. He can play fast and score from all three levels, and he looked comfortable at either guard spot.
All in all, he'd fit well in Prohm's system.
In July, the schools most involved were Michigan State, Michigan, Baylor, Xavier, Louisville, Florida and Texas. Beverly extended his recruitment into his senior year and has tacked on offers from DePaul, Creighton, Miami, Virginia, Utah and Iowa State.
Rivals ranks Beverly at No. 59 in 2019, making him their 10th-best available prospect in the class.
Another name to watch could be South Carolina combo guard Asanti Price, who told me he's in contact with Cyclones assistant coach James Kane. Price holds offers from Charleston Southern, South Carolina State, Hofstra and New Orleans.
A fifth scholarship slot could also become open — whether it'd be due to attrition, or a player other than Wigginton testing the NBA waters.
I asked assistant coach Daniyal Robinson about the potential of a fifth scholarship coming open in December.
"It’s hard to say (if that could happen)," he said. "Every college program goes through it — whether a guy goes to the NBA or not. That’s why I say you never know what’s going to unfold throughout the season. We like our guys. We think if we can keep this group together, man, we’ve got a chance to do some special things with the incoming guys and the young guys now getting experience that are ahead of schedule."
Is Joe Toussaint a guy who can come in and play immediately or are we looking at a redshirt candidate? — @matt_condon13
Jordan Bohannon and Connor McCaffery figure to have prominent roles in 2019. C.J. Fredrick and Maishe Dailey are more shooting guards, though, and it's never a bad thing to have a third point guard dressed.
So, Toussaint could get some minutes as a freshman. His high school coach, Joseph Lods, has said that was Fran McCaffery's message during the recruitment.
"(McCaffery) said, 'It helps me a lot if Toussaint can get in the lane and kick it out to Bohannon,'" Lods told me in October. "He said, 'I need him to come in right now and play right away.'"
Obviously, that's coming from Toussaint's high school coach and not McCaffery, so take it with a grain of salt. But it sounds about right.
Toussaint was known for his quickness on the AAU circuit. Back in December, Hawkeyes assistant coach Andrew Francis told me the 6-foot point guard's agility was one of the reasons he stood out and earned an offer.
He's quicker than anybody in Iowa's backcourt right now. That's something that, in a perfect world, you'd want to throw into the mix right away.
"The quickness factor and being able to impact the ball on both ends — I think that was something we looked at and saw, 'OK, this guy can really come in and be a force, because he’s unique when you look at our team dynamic,'" Francis said in December. "We don’t have anybody at the guard spot with that kind of quickness."
Toussaint has led Cardinal Hayes to a 19-5 regular season. On Feb. 1, the Basketball Coaches Association of New York included Toussaint in its seven finalists for Mr. New York Basketball. Syracuse signee Joe Girard, Seton Hall recruit DaShawn Davis and Louisville signee Aidan Igiehon are among the other finalists.
Can you tell me more about (the throwback Drake jersey's) origin and the history of these beautiful, nostalgic garments? — @balzerstat
OK, I hope I wasn't the only one geeking out over Drake's throwback jerseys Saturday.
The look was reminiscent of the old-school San Diego Clippers uniforms. Anything baby blue is a winner in my book. But then you add in the big, white "Drake" written in cursive, with thin red trim around the letters and a thick red trim around the shoulders and neck. For an ESPN Classic hoops nerd like me, it was bliss.
The Bulldogs donned the throwbacks for the 50th anniversary of their 1969 Final Four team. Players from that roster, as well as other Drake basketball alumni, were honored at halftime. It was a cool deal.
You know what'd be an even cooler deal? Making those jerseys a regular part of the home rotation. Darian DeVries joked that his players would love to keep wearing those jerseys, or at least wear them more often.
All in favor, say aye ...
Which positions is Iowa full at or will they not take anyone at in the 2020 class? — @iowafanwilliams
With Texas product Deuce Hogan committed, Iowa doesn't appear to be actively recruiting quarterbacks.
Teams usually take one signal-caller per class. With only Nate Stanley expected to leave after next season, and with four quarterbacks on the projected 2020 roster, something unexpected would likely have to happen for Iowa to pursue another.
Still, college staffs have to be prepared for the unexpected. So it's not like Iowa coaches aren't aware of other prospects out there. For instance, West Sioux quarterback Hunter Dekkers recently told me he'd been in contact with the Hawkeyes.
In terms of the other positions at which Iowa has 2020 recruits ...
The Hawkeyes are still recruiting running backs and recently made the top 10 for Illinois three-star Quadre Nicholson. They're still recruiting defensive linemen, as well; they offered New Jersey four-star defensive end Fadil Diggs last week.
I want (need to know) who Coach DeVries covets and is there mutual interest? — @sfan_b
The main two names to watch for Drake 2020 recruiting have been, and continue to be, Norwalk point guard Bowen Born and Geneseo (Illinois) guard/forward Isaiah Rivera.
Those two are everyday priorities for Darian DeVries and his staff, who will likely add three pieces in 2020. Born has offers from Drake and Northern Iowa, plus interest from Creighton, Colorado State and a handful of other regional low- to high-majors. Rivera has offers from Drake, UNI, Loyola-Chicago, New Mexico, Bradley, Southern, St. John's and Valparaiso, plus interest from other mid- to high-majors.
Drake is also keeping an eye on Iowa City West power forward Even Brauns, who held an offer from Niko Medved’s Drake staff. Minnesota twin guards Gabe and Mason Madsen could be names to watch, as well. Same with Chicago guard Jeremiah Williams and Rockford guard Sincere Parker.
Watched a freshman from Marshalltown drain enough threes to keep the Bobcats close at Waukee last week. Hadn't heard him mentioned before ... know anything about him? — @gmschmitz
This question is referring to Marshalltown freshman guard Armonniey Thomas, who sunk six 3-pointers en route to 25 points in a 47-35 loss to Waukee last week.
Thomas, who checks in at 6 feet, is averaging 9.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 1.4 assists per game. He's shooting 43.1 percent from the field and 37.1 percent (26-for-70) from beyond the arc.
I've never seen him play live, but he's thought of as one of several promising freshmen in the All Iowa Attack program, including Ames' Tamin Lipsey (duh) and Waterloo East's Trevion Labeaux, to name a couple.
We'll know a lot more about Thomas after AAU ball this spring and summer.
Matthew Bain covers college football and basketball recruiting for the Des Moines Register. He also helps out with Iowa and Iowa State football and basketball coverage for HawkCentral and Cyclone Insider. Contact him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.