AMES — Iowa State’s men’s basketball team signed a top-25 recruiting class Monday, according to ESPN and 247Sports.
The class is headlined by four-star Chicago forwards Talen Horton-Tucker and Zion Griffin. It’s rounded out by another Chicago product, big-man George Conditt and Oshkosh, Wis., point guard Tyrese Haliburton.
Coach Steve Prohm said it was a university-wide effort to reel in a top-tier recruiting class. Everyone from the administrators to football coach Matt Campbell and the football team played a part.
“That’s what makes this place really special,” Prohm said. “It’s good to get four high school players in our program as we continue to restock and get more guys in here. Obviously all four of those guys we went after hard and wanted.”
Prohm said it wasn’t the plan to recruit the Chicago area so hard, but that’s where the talent happened to be. Conditt is a legacy Cyclone — his dad, George Conditt Sr., played football for Iowa State in the early 90s. Zion Griffin came on the recruiting scene later and Horton-Tucker is a young, highly sought-after prospect.
“George was down here for the Baylor game from this past season,” Prohm said. “His connection to Iowa State was really big for us to get invested in there and build relationships with his family.”
Horton-Tucker, a 16-year-old, and Griffin already have college-ready bodies. Horton-Tucker is 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds and Griffin is 6-6 and 205 pounds.
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“Talen can play point if you want him to,” Prohm said. “He can play point, the 2 or the 3. He can score. I love his offensive ability. I love both of those guys’ offensive ability. Zion’s just going to continue to get better, he’s really athletic, he can make 3s. Both of them bring a lot of versatility and ability to score the basketball.”
While Haliburton and Conditt may not have the college body yet, they have great length for their positions.
Haliburton is a 6-5 pass-first point guard, Prohm said, and Conditt is 6-10 and still filling out his body.
“Tyrese has a tremendous basketball IQ and as he gets bigger and stronger his game is going to continue to develop,” Prohm said.
Prohm is excited about what the future of Iowa State basketball could be with this class and the previous class.
“I think all four of them are just tapping the surface (and) their best basketball is going to be a couple of years down the road,” Prohm said. “We’ve got a couple kids sitting out (due to transfer rules), which is great — Marial (Shayok) and Mike (Jacobson). We’ve got, obviously, a lot of kids that will be returning. I like the three freshman we’ve got out there right now — Cameron (Lard), Terrence (Lewis) and Lindell (Wigginton) — and then you add another really good group (these four). We’re excited.”
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