Looking back on how Iowa State basketball navigated the transfer recruiting market

For Iowa State basketball coaches, and the fans of their team, these past three months have been a winding road of ups and downs, hope and anguish, hits and misses. 

Yep. We’re talking about how the Cyclones fared in the transfer recruiting market.

Iowa State has added three transfers in Memphis point guard Tyler Harris, DePaul wing Jalen Coleman-Lands and Ole Miss wing Blake Hinson. As of now, it sounds like Steve Prohm and his staff are done actively pursuing transfers. Coleman-Lands, a graduate transfer, is the only one who can definitely play next year, but Harris and Hinson will also appeal to the NCAA for immediate eligibility.

With a goal of adding three transfers in a short amount of time, Iowa State got involved with plenty of potential targets. It felt like, if a high-major or talented mid-major player announced he was transferring, the Cyclones were reportedly interested.

Ole Miss wing Blake Hinson committed to Iowa State on June 24, shortly after he entered the transfer portal.

Of course, “interest” doesn’t necessarily mean “pursuit.” There were guys who included the Cyclones among their finalist schools, even when they weren’t seriously involved.

But Iowa State did also have a sizable amount of misses on targets it really liked, as it waded through an ever-growing pool of talent in the NCAA transfer portal.

So, here’s a look back at how we got here:

The first wave of swings-and-misses

Iowa State went after a bevy of guards, and specifically point guards, once transfer recruiting started to heat up at the end of March.