Tyrese Haliburton explains his role on the Iowa State basketball team Randy Peterson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome, once again, to the recruiting mailbag.
Let's get to this week's answers:
Any updates on Iowa's recruiting of Josh Ogundele and Tony Perkins? — @Dial54
We'll start with Josh Ogundele.
Ogundele, the 6-foot-10 big man out of Worcester, Massachusetts, took his official visit to Iowa this past weekend. And on Tuesday, he included the Hawkeyes in his final five alongside Rhode Island, Cincinnati, Rutgers and Virginia Tech.
He told me he'll visit Cincinnati this weekend. He visited Rhode Island two weekends ago and he doesn't have other visits currently planned.
Ogundele said he enjoyed his time in Iowa City. Having grown up in east London and currently living on the East Coast, he didn't know what to expect from Iowa.
"I was hoping it wasn’t in the middle of cornfields, like everyone said," Ogundele said with a laugh. "It wasn’t. I liked where it was, the campus and stuff.
"I liked the community. I liked how the fans loved (the team)."
The Hawkeyes started showing interest in early September, Ogundele said, and they extended an offer later in the month. He said coaches see him playing the 4 and 5, alternating between the two big-man positions with Oskaloosa's Xavier Foster, whom Iowa also sees as a 4/5 blend.
(So, yes, Iowa would likely take both Foster and Ogundele.)
Although Iowa got involved relatively recently with the late-blooming Ogundele, there's strong mutual interest here. He wants to go to a college with a good business school, and Iowa has that with the Tippie College of Business.
Playing in the Big Ten is also a big pull.
"Playing against top NBA competition every game," Ogundele said. "Obviously, I haven’t decided where I’m going. But if I was to go there, it’d be really good, playing against the kind of competition."
Ogundele stressed that in our interview — that he hasn't made a college decision, and that his recruitment is still open among the schools he is considering. Cincinnati offered in early October. Rhode Island offered him back in June and has built a strong relationship through the summer and early fall.
"I like Rhode Island a lot," Ogundele said. "I have a really good relationship with the coach. I like the team. Obviously, I’m being heavily recruited by them and I just love the overall process from them — they’re very committed."
Ogundele wants to sign in November, so his decision will come within the next month.
Now, to Tony Perkins — the Indianapolis shooting guard Iowa offered last week. The three-star product of Lawrence North told me he'll officially visit Iowa this weekend. The Hawkeyes are his only high-major offer at the moment. His other offers are Bradley, Ball State, Toledo, Purdue-Fort Wayne, Tampa and Morehead State.
Iowa has looked for an athletic, off-ball perimeter player 2020, and the 6-4 Perkins has those traits. I imagine if things go well this weekend, Iowa would be hard to beat here.
Will Iowa State go after Jalen Terry again after his decommittment from Michigan State? — @ColinGreene8
In case you missed it: Michigan four-star point guard Jalen Terry decommitted from Michigan State on Monday. He was a high-level target for the Cyclones at the time he committed to the Spartans in April — five months after he officially visited Ames in November 2018.
Terry plays for Flint Beecher, the alma mater of Iowa State great Monte Morris.
So, now that Terry is back on the market, will the Cyclones get involved?
Based on what I've heard over the past couple of days, it sounds like Iowa State is taking a wait-and-see approach. That makes sense. I don't think it's an issue of whether Iowa State is interested; it was all over this kid for a reason.
It's more about waiting to see what Terry wants. Does he have any schools already in mind? Does he want to commit somewhere that already has one 2020 point guard?
I'd imagine the Cyclones would be comfortable adding Terry if the interest is mutual. Yes, they already have a 2020 point guard recruit in Atlanta-area product Jaden Walker. But they almost always play with multiple ball-handling guards on the floor, so there's reason to think Terry and Walker could fit in the same class — especially if Tyrese Haliburton leaves for the NBA this spring.
But, again: If Terry doesn't want that, then Iowa State won't be where he goes.
Iowa State, Iowa, Mississippi State and Missouri were the other four schools in Terry's top five when he committed to Michigan State. Missouri is the only one of those programs without a point guard already committed in 2020.
Where does Iowa stand with Theo Johnson, T.J. Bollers and Brody Brecht? — @Hawkeye_Sports
Theo Johnson — Not much new. The four-star, top-100 tight end visited Iowa last weekend. Still sounds like Penn State is the school to beat.
T.J. Bollers — Clear Creek Amana's four-star junior defensive end told me he has three upcoming visits: Nebraska, when it hosts Indiana on Oct. 26; Wisconsin, when it hosts Iowa on Nov. 9; and Iowa State, when it hosts Texas on Nov. 16. Iowa will be a contender here. But as I've said before, Bollers is by no means a lock for his nearby Hawkeyes.
Brody Brecht — Ankeny's three-star junior receiver told me he's got one visit scheduled right now: Iowa State for the Texas game on Nov. 16. Iowa remains one of his three known offers, along with Iowa State and Nebraska. Brecht has 24 catches for 495 yards and three touchdowns so far this fall.
Hunter Sallis or Xavier Foster updates? — @JeffwithaREY
I talked with Foster's dad for a fly-on-the-wall account of his son's official visit to Iowa, as well as details on how the final month of Xavier's recruitment may unfold. You can read that story right here.
There's nothing new regarding Omaha four-star 2021 guard Hunter Sallis.
The Cyclones were one of the first high-majors to offer in September 2018. And Iowa offered last July. He has visited Ames twice, including his recent trip for the Cy-Hawk football game. He visited Iowa last September.
Iowa State has a unique tie here: Sallis is Cyclone running back Breece Hall's cousin.
This will be a tough nut for Iowa State and Iowa to crack. Beyond a laundry list of other high-major offers, Sallis just participated in the USA Junior National Team minicamp in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He'll get on more and more teams' radars.
Are there any more 4-5 star recruits that Coach Prohm is in on? — @mlevere1992
No more four- or five-star targets in 2020, other than the main ones we've already talked about at length this fall: Foster and Minnesota shooting guard Kerwin Walton (who will officially visit North Carolina later this month).
In 2021, Iowa State does have a strong relationship with Sallis; assistant coach Jame Kane has done good work here. The Cyclones also got five-star Minnesota forward Chet Holgrem on campus for the Cy-Hawk game. Four-star guard Wesley Cardet is another name to keep an eye on. He comes from Kane's hometown of Fort Lauderdale, Florida — and we just saw the success Kane had with another Florida product in Dudley Blackwell.
The 2022 class could be big for Iowa State. It's obviously positioned well with Ames point guard Tamin Lipsey, who could wind up a top-25 guy. If the Cyclones can get him on board early, he could attract some other elite talent. Wichita four-star wing Gradey Dick is a name to monitor. His mom, then Carmen Jaspers, was a basketball star at Iowa State, and Dick already visited campus with Lipsey in August.
With ISU filling their second of the two current openings next year, what is the impact to other targets and how many commits are they realistically willing to take this fall? — Grady
I don't think there will be any impact.
Yes, Iowa State currently has two slated open scholarships for 2020. But the staff isn't recruiting for just two spots. Potential NBA departures and annual attrition will likely leave Iowa State with more openings, so I'd imagine they're recruiting with three or four slots in mind for the 2020 class.
How many recruits is Iowa basketball looking to sign in the 2020 class? — @iowafanwilliams
Again, due to yearly attrition, it's hard to peg how many guys Iowa will sign at this point.
But, depending on whether Jordan Bohannon pursues a medical redshirt and returns next year, I'd imagine Iowa is also hoping to add three or four guys in 2020. As of right now, if Bohannon doesn't play in 2020, the Hawkeyes have three more open scholarships.
Remember: Iowa and Iowa State don't need to sign all their guys in November. With the rising popularity of transfers, the spring and even summer recruiting markets will be busy again this year.
Matthew Bain covers recruiting, Iowa/Iowa State athletics and Drake basketball for the Des Moines Register and USA TODAY Network. Contact him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.
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