Iowa State basketball snags UTSA grad transfer Jeff Beverly

6-6 forward is eligible immediately

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AMES — The Iowa State men’s basketball team has navigated the transfer market in search of some front court help.

UTSA graduate transfer Jeff Beverly will be an immediate asset.

Beverly, who committed to the Cyclones on Thursday night, was officially added to the roster on Friday afternoon, Iowa State coach Steve Prohm announced. He’ll have one year to play and be eligible upon graduating from UTSA.

“I don’t want to be promised minutes, I’m willing to earn my minutes at Iowa State,” Beverly told The Gazette before visiting Iowa State this week. “I just want to be in a great atmosphere for a great coach and a great program.”

At 6-foot-6 and 250 pounds, Beverly provides a big body around the block alongside sophomore Solomon Young. Beverly started all 33 games for the Roadrunners last season and averaged 15.8 points — he had a career-high 29 points against Florida Atlantic.

Beverly also averaged 5.9 rebounds for UTSA while being the go-to guy. According to KenPom.com, he was used on 33 percent of UTSA’s possessions and took 35 percent of its shots. Beverly shot 75 percent from the free throw line.

“Jeff adds depth to our program on the inside, which we need with the loss of multiple contributors on the interior,” Prohm said in a release. “He is a guy that fits our system offensively and provides experience.

“Jeff has a good feel for how we play and for our system and he is excited to be a Cyclone. I’m really looking forward to getting him here in June.”

Beverly, a League City, Texas, native, started his career at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in 2013-14, where he started all 34 games and averaged 8.2 points per game. He scored 14 points and was 3-for-5 from long range against Iowa State in a non-conference game in Hilton Coliseum.

Following a season at TAMU-CC, Beverly transferred to McLennan Community College and averaged 8.6 points per game in one season. He transferred to UTSA as a junior to play football, joined the basketball team as a walk-on in December 2015 and redshirted in 2015-16.

Beverly joins sit-out transfer Marial Shayok (Virginia) in signing with Iowa State this spring. The Cyclones have two open scholarships available in 2017-18.

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