Iowa State won’t do anything fancy to exploit Iowa getting tagged 86-46 in paint points the past two games. Randy Peterson, email@example.com
Oskaloosa five-star 2020 PF Xavier Foster, a major Iowa and Iowa state target, shows off an improved shooting stroke at local AAU tournament. Matthew Bain, firstname.lastname@example.org
Both are versatile, skilled forwards whose talent allows them to play multiple positions. Foster is 7 feet and Carlson is 6-foot-9, so if they’re on the floor together, Foster would probably be the 5 and Carlson the 4. But, in reality, either could switch and guard the 4, 5 or even the 3 in certain situations. Both can shoot from the wing and, as threats from 2 feet to 22 feet, expand the defense. Both would play well with four guards on the floor, and they’d work well together, too.
This isn’t a case of one or the other for the Cyclones.
Likelihood that ISU gets 2 of Terry, Foster, Blackwell, & Carlson? — @22ruzek
I’m not here to sell dreams and get people’s hopes up, especially this early in the process. But, if you’re asking today, I’d say the odds aren’t too shabby that Iowa State lands two recruits from that group — Foster, Carlson, Jalen Terry and Dudley Blackwell.
Why? Because the Cyclones are likely in the top three for all those kids.
If Foster had a top three, I’d bet Iowa State is there. For Terry, it’s looking like Michigan State and Iowa State are the schools to beat right now. Blackwell only holds offers from Iowa State, Florida Gulf Coast and Oklahoma State. And the Cyclones are right up near the top for Carlson, too.
Again, though, it’s still early. Blackwell won’t wind up with only three offers. That’s a promise. Terry will likely tack on more offers, too.
But those four guys are the top four prospects on my 2020 Iowa State big board for a reason. The Cyclones feel good about where they stand with all of them.
Could you mirror (Tre Jackson’s) game to anyone playing in the league right now? — @TigerTweets23
TigerTweets23 asked this in response to a tweet about how Iowa State signee Tre Jackson amassed 38 points (with eight 3-pointers), four rebounds, three assists and three steals in a game last week with Blythewood (South Carolina).
He mentioned Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker as a potential comparison.
First a caveat: This is not meant to put expectations that Jackson will become an NBA player. He’s the nation’s No. 339 recruit, according to 247Sports, so comparing his upside to an NBA player is wholly unfair.
So let’s look at this through the lens of playing style …
I could see the similarities to Walker’s game. Relative to their competition, both Jackson and Walker are quick. Both play bigger than their size. Both are leaders with energy. Both are shot-makers.
But watch Jackson’s junior year film and tell me if you see the comparison I think is a little better for playing style: Detroit Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson.
Before Iowa State fans get mad at me for saying Jackson aligns more with an NBA player who isn’t as good, hear me out: Again, I’m not comparing talent level. Obviously. Anybody in the NBA would destroy anybody in high school.
I’m simply comparing games. Styles of play. If Tre Jackson becomes Reggie Jackson or Kemba Walker, well, that’s an incredible evaluation by the Iowa State coaching staff.
There’s a smoothness to Tre Jackson that reminds me of Reggie Jackson. Those long strides, even in a clogged-up paint. The way both Jacksons can look like they’re playing in slow motion, even though they’re moving quick as a cat. Their use of long arms to facilitate plays for other down low. I’ve never thought Reggie Jackson was the most talented NBA point guard, but I’ve always thought he was smooth as silk. When I studied Tre’s film, Reggie popped into my head.
Tre Jackson’s 3-point stroke looks a lot more like Reggie Jackson’s, too. Quick. Quicker than Reggie’s actually. A snappy release that helps a lot when you are 6-foot-1 like Tre Jackson.
ISU has been offering a lot of receivers lately. Because of attrition or (Hakeem) Butler leaving? — @22ruzek
These are some of the Iowa State receiver/tight end offers I’ve seen lately …
Tre’Von Morgan, three-star prospect out of Massillon, Ohio
Skylar Loving-Black, three-star prospect out of San Jose, California
Jeremiah Pruitte, three-star prospect out of Marietta, Georgia
Ezeriah Anderson, three-star prospect out of Seffner, Florida
The Cyclones have been looking to add another receiver to their 2019 class for a while. But, yes, 22ruzek is right. There has obviously been an uptick in offers. Part of that is because most teams’ regular seasons ended two weeks ago, so coaches (even those who had another game, like at Iowa State) started turning more focus to recruiting. Part of it could be a re-evaluation of needs, too. For Iowa State, that could stem from a feeling within the program that Hakeem Butler will declare for the NFL Draft.
Either way, the fact is that Iowa State is looking for at least one more pass-catcher. With football becoming only more pass-dominant on offense, you can’t have too many capable players.
Morgan is the one to watch right now. He’s a 6-6, 215-pounder built much like Butler, and he’s from Matt Campbell’s hometown of Massillon. Rivals and 247Sports are both reporting that Morgan will take his first official visit to Iowa State this weekend. He’s enjoying a rush of Power Five interest and offers after his monster senior season at Washington High.
Among his other offers over the past month: Iowa, Ole Miss, Michigan State and Washington State.
Matthew Bain covers college football and basketball recruiting for the Des Moines Register. He also helps out with Iowa and Iowa State football and basketball coverage for HawkCentral and Cyclone Insider. Contact him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.