Iowa State basketball: Class of 2020 Recruiting Big Board, v3.0
July, the all-important month for basketball recruiting, is here once again.
This month provides college coaches their best last chance to evaluate junior prospects and to support their top junior targets from the sidelines.
There used to be three live evaluation periods in July. Now, with NCAA rule changes, there are just two: July 11-14, during which coaches will be spread throughout the South at different AAU tournaments; and July 23-28, during which the new NCAA camps will make their debut at regional sites across the country.
Iowa State currently has two open 2020 scholarships, although NBA departures and/or attrition leave open the possibility for more.
Based on observations and conversations with recruiting and coaching contacts, this is the Register's Iowa State 2020 big board heading into July's live periods.
Note: The original version of this story accidentally left out Myles Stute at No. 8. It has been corrected.
1. Xavier Foster, PF (Oskaloosa)
247Sports: four stars, No. 42 in 2020; Rivals: four stars, No. 40
No surprise here. The Oskaloosa 7-footer has been the Cyclones' top 2020 priority essentially since his freshman year. Iowa State, Iowa, USC and Baylor are the main schools in the picture, although Providence and Texas A&M are making a bit of a push.
2. Ben Carlson, PF (St. Paul, Minnesota)
247Sports: four stars, No. 83; Rivals: four stars, No. 83
The Cyclones have recruited Carlson like he was an in-state prospect since last spring, and they continue to be in regular contact. He has taken official visits to Stanford, Xavier and Purdue, but he includes Iowa State among his top schools.
3. Dudley Blackwell, SF (Somerset Pines, Florida)
247Sports: four stars, No. 121; Rivals: three stars, No. 137
From just outside James Kane's hometown of Fort Lauderdale, Blackwell has long been a priority for Kane and the Cyclones. Iowa State offered him last July and are positioned as well as any school in pursuit. Oklahoma State and Florida have also offered.
4. N'Faly Dante, C (Wichita, Kansas)
247Sports: five stars, No. 13; Rivals: five stars, No. 9
Quietly, Iowa State has worked its way into the 6-11 post's recruitment. Dante's host family lives in Des Moines, and he's playing with current Cyclones at the YMCA Cap City League this summer. The main question is if he'll re-classify to 2019. He told the Register he hopes to know more about that after the July 11-14 period.
5. Jamari Sibley, PF (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
247Sports: four stars, No. 105; Rivals: four stars, No. 70
Sibley included Iowa State in his top 10 in late May, along with schools such as Iowa, Marquette and Syracuse. The Cyclones have hovered around the top of his recruitment for a while, and their strong reputation in Milwaukee is helping.
6. Matthew Murrell, SG (Memphis, Tennessee)
247Sports: four stars, No. 57; Rivals: four stars, No. 46
We'll see how Murrell's transfer for Florida's IMG Academy impacts things. For now, Iowa State is in the mix for the Memphis-born playmaker. William Small and Steve Prohm have a strong reputation in the city, thanks to their work with Cameron Payne. Vanderbilt, which hired Murrell's former high school coach in May, is the trendy pick.
7. Jalen Suggs, PG (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
247Sports: five stars, No. 11; Rivals: five stars, No. 16
The Cyclones were watching Suggs at the FIBA U-19 World Cup in Greence, and they're certainly in the mix with Iowa, Minnesota, Marquette and Gonzaga, which is considered the current favorite. Juwan Howard and Michigan could also be a factor. Suggs is targeting an August decision. By then, a blue-blood could jump in, too.
8. Myles Stute, SF (Washington, DC)
247Sports: three stars, No. 211; Rivals: three stars, unranked
One of Iowa State's more recent offers, the fast-rising Stute has Prohm's attention. Other schools in the mix include Iowa, Pitt, Virginia Tech, St. John's and Vanderbilt. The Cyclones are positioned pretty well here.
9. Ty Berry, PG (Newton, Kansas)
247Sports: three stars, No. 126; Rivals: three stars, No. 141
Iowa State offered Berry back in October and had a regular presence at his games during the April live period. He has made it clear he isn't waiting on a Kansas offer. Oklahoma State, Iowa and Missouri are among the other schools involved.
10. Chris Moore, PF (West Memphis, Arkansas)
247Sports: four stars, No. 87; Rivals: four stars, No. 80
Arkansas is all over Moore, and Iowa State will have to fight through several SEC schools to stay in the mix here. Moore did, however, visit Ames in August, and he's close with Murrell. The Cyclones would love to get both on campus at the same time.
11. KK Robinson, PG (Bryant, Arkansas)
247Sports: four stars, No. 67; Rivals: four stars, No. 77
One of Iowa State's newer offers, Robinson is a fast-rising prospect and likely bound for more offers in July. Kansas, which offered in late June, is thought to be the school to beat. Texas Tech and Oklahoma are also among his recent offers.
12. LaDamien Bradford, SG (Jonesboro, Louisiana)
247Sports: three stars, No. 233; Rivals: unrated
Iowa State offered way back in April 2018. And even after a strong April 2019, Bradford is still under the radar; Texas A&M is his only other high-major offer. That leaves the Cyclones in a good spot. Bradford is originally from Nebraska and still has family there.
13. D.J. Steward, CG (Chicago, Illinois)
247Sports: four stars, No. 31; Rivals: four stars, No. 35
Although they're one of Steward's more recent offers, Daniyal Robinson and the Cyclones have been tracking him for a long time. It's thought that Louisville, Texas and Illinois are three strong competitors. Let's see if Iowa State can make some headway.
14. Jaden Walker, PG (Lawrenceville, Georgia)
247Sports: three stars, No. 254; Rivals: three stars, unranked
Walker's stock is rising as he enters July, with offers from Iowa State and Ole Miss in late June. Georgia Tech and Wake Forest have also offered. Walker is another under-the-radar target; we'll see how long he stays that way.
15. Isaiah Adams, SF (Jacksonville, Florida)
247Sports: unrated; Rivals: three stars, unranked
Adams enjoyed a strong April live period and earned offers from Iowa State, TCU and St. Louis. The Cyclones and Horned Frogs are his only high-major offers. A Florida product, Adams is another one of Kane's guys.
16. Jayden Stone, SG (Wichita, Kansas)
247Sports: four stars, No. 63; Rivals: four stars, No. 60
We'll see what happens now that the Australian-born Stone has transferred to Sunrise Christian, but he played his first few years of high school ball in Alabama. It's thought that Auburn is positioned quite well. Iowa State still has its hat in the ring.
17. Jaemyn Brakefield, PF (Huntington, West Virginia)
247Sports: four stars, No. 53; Rivals: four stars, No. 33
Iowa State offered Brakefield in June and will track him in July. Some other schools that have offered: Louisville, Ole Miss, Kansas and Vanderbilt. Brakefield plays on the loaded Phenom University squad, so he'll have plenty of eyes on him.
18. Jay Scrubb, SG (Carterville, Illinois)
247Sports Composite: No. 1 junior college prospect in 2020
Scrubb is considering declaring for the NBA Draft after his second year at John Logan College. If he chooses to transfer, Iowa State is one of his options, along with Louisville, Xavier, Texas Tech and more. The Cyclones have had an eye on him since he was in high school in Louisville, and they'll watch him this weekend.
19. Colby Jones, SF (Mountain Brook, Alabama)
247Sports: four stars, No. 117; Rivals: four stars, No. 103
One of the Cyclones' newer targets, Jones just received his Iowa State offer on June 20. The Cyclones will have to fight off schools such as Auburn and Alabama to seriously contend, but they're big fans of Jones' game.
20. Kadary Richmond, PG (Brooklyn, New York)
247Sports: three stars, No. 296; Rivals: four stars, No. 107
Iowa State offered Richmond, who is re-classifying from 2019 to 2020, on June 29. Florida State and Cincinnati have also offered this month. He will play next year at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire. If Richmond is interested in leaving the East Coast, the Cyclones would be positioned well.
Matthew Bain covers recruiting, Iowa/Iowa State athletics and Drake basketball for the Des Moines Register and USA TODAY Network. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.