It came down to Iowa State and Iowa for Oskaloosa power forward Xavier Foster. The 5-star basketball recruit chose the Cyclones in an announcement Nov. 11, 2019. Olivia Sun, Des Moines Register
OSKALOOSA, Ia. — After years of being recruited from coast to coast, Xavier Foster has made his college decision.
Oskaloosa's 7-footer has committed to Iowa State, he announced at a Monday morning press conference at his high school. He can sign with the Cyclones when the early signing period begins this Wednesday.
Foster chose Iowa State over Iowa, which had been his two finalists since Oct. 24. He visited the Hawkeyes twice in the past week — once for their Nov. 4 exhibition against Lindsey Wilson and again for their Nov. 8 opener against SIUE. In between those two, Foster visited Iowa State for its Nov. 5 opener against Mississippi Valley State.
Before narrowing his choices to Iowa State and Iowa, Foster had also considered Virginia Tech, Providence and Baylor in his final five.
Kansas, USC, UCLA, Texas A&M, Missouri and Illinois were among the schools that also offered Foster, and he fielded interest from Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina. A foot injury kept him off the floor during his last summer of AAU basketball, which impacted his recruiting profile.
But, for a while, it felt like Foster would wind up staying in Iowa for his college ball.
Iowa State offered Foster way back on Oct. 6 of his freshman year, before he ever played a high school basketball game. He has taken countless visits to Ames since then, including an official visit in October 2018 and another weekend trip to kick off his visit tour this fall.
Foster joins Atlanta-area point guard Jaden Walker, Florida wing Dudley Blackwell and prep school guard/wing Darlinstone Dubar as Iowa State's current 2020 recruiting class.
Foster and Blackwell were always top-five targets on the Register's Iowa State 2020 recruiting big boards, and they were Nos. 1 and 3, respectively, on the latest big board from July.
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_.
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Five-star 2020 power forward Xavier Foster showed off strength inside during the first day of April's live period in Kansas City. Matthew Bain, email@example.com