Let's get right to the mailbag this week. What have you heard from Xavier Foster’s visit to Ames last weekend? — @TomCraig25 DaJuan Foster was watching the Iowa State vs. West Virginia football game at Steve Prohm's house with the Cyclones basketball coaching staff Saturday night. They had left after the first quarter, and the original plan was for the players to leave at halftime. But DaJuan's son — you all know him as Oskaloosa power forward Xavier Foster, this state's 2020 mega-recruit — had other plans. "Xavier sent me a text like, 'Do we have to come back (at halftime)?' And I was like, 'No. It’s cold outside (but) stay if you want,'" DaJuan told the Register with a laugh. "As soon as I sent that text message back to him, I looked over at coach Prohm and I was like, 'My son’s going to be on the field if Iowa State pulls this off.' "Well, at about 11 o’clock, I went on Twitter and there’s my son on the … [Read more...] about Cyclone recruiting mailbag: How was Xavier Foster’s Iowa State official visit?
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AMES, Ia. — Grab your ear plugs. It's that time again, and if you can't catch Iowa State hosting Kansas during Saturday’s 4 p.m. men’s basketball game at a wild and crazy Hilton Coliseum, then you can do it a couple weeks later by watching the teams do it again at "The Phog" on Big Monday. Iowa State faces its most intense basketball rival twice during a span of just more than two weeks to truly kick-start a Big 12 Conference season in which the sixth-ranked Jayhawks are seeking at least a share of a 15th regular-season title in a row. “This is one of the most underrated games of the college basketball season,” said Fran Fraschilla, an ESPN college basketball analyst who was in Ames on Friday. “It’s so early in conference play that not as many people nationally realize just how good Iowa State has a chance to be.” It’s a chance for the Cyclones to make a Big 12 statement. It’s a chance for Steve … [Read more...] about Peterson: Brace yourselves for the hype, atmosphere of another Iowa State-Kansas game
The Register sat down with Iowa State assistant coach Daniyal Robinson to discuss all things recruiting: signees, a miss down South, remaining plans for 2019, approach to landing elite in-state talent, keys to building a Florida pipeline and much more. On Marcedus Leech Of Iowa State’s 2019 signees, Leech might be the most intriguing. The 6-foot-5 scorer was once a five-star prospect before he suffered a gruesome leg injury last August. Robinson first watched Leech a year prior, as he was entering his sophomore year. "And it was like, 'Oh my god — this kid is ridiculous,'" Robinson said. "Shortly after that, I think Kansas came in, Kentucky and all that. But what happened there was those guys kind of came and went (after the injury), and we continued to keep tabs on the kid. (Assistant) coach (William) Small did a good job of just checking in." Leech first announced he was committing to Iowa State via Snapchat in May. While the Cyclones always maintained their … [Read more...] about Sit-down with Daniyal Robinson: Cyclones assistant coach talks 2019 recruiting, pipeline development
It's a short work week before getting back to it for Iowa-Nebraska on Friday. So, for this edition, I'm combining the Hawkeye and Cyclone recruiting mailbags into one combined extravaganza. Read it as an appetizer before you engorge on Thanksgiving food. By the way: Stuffing (don't call it dressing) and green bean casserole are the best Thanksgiving foods, and it's not even close. I will debate you until the end of time. But until then, here's the mailbag. One-and-dones seem great if you can get them every year. If you can’t, are they a liability? — @billallenisu First of all: A one-and-done is never a liability. Coaches want talent, and they won't be turning down a future lottery pick any time soon. But this question was part of a larger note Bill sent regarding the differences between landing truly elite guys in football or basketball. Basically, the gist was: Is landing a five-star recruit more valuable in football or basketball? Now that's a thinker. Because there … [Read more...] about Recruiting mailbag: Is a 5-star recruit more valuable in football or basketball?
Revenge was on the mind of Dearborn Fordson as it faced a Tuesday night road battle against the team that knocked it out of the boys basketball district semifinals at home last year: Livonia Stevenson. This time, Fordson snagged a road win, beating Stevenson 47-45. Avenging a tough playoff loss was nice, but the fashion in which Fordson (1-2, 1-0 KLAA East) did it was even better. Down one with about 20 seconds left, Fordson coach Osama Abulhassan drew up a play to give his team a chance to record its first win on the season. The first option wasn’t there and Stevenson’s defense doubled the second option as sophomore Hussein Darwish stood open behind the arc. The ball was kicked out to Darwish, who nailed the winning 3-pointer at the buzzer. “(Darwish) had a tough game,” Abulhassan said. “Still, we trusted him and he hit that shot.” Abulhassan admitted that Darwish had passed up open 3-pointers early on, but got in his ear about having a green light … [Read more...] about Tuesday’s high schools: Fordson gets measure of revenge, beats Stevenson