Iowa State’s four true freshmen who have already enrolled at Iowa State have impressed Matt Campbell.
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AMES, Ia. — Up for another round of scatter-shooting, as we wait not-so-patiently for the August start of the best college sports season of the year?
Let’s do it.
Breece Hall and Caleb Grill — the friendly rivalry is over
After years of competing against each other in the state of Kansas, a couple of highly regarded 2019 Iowa State recruits are finally on the same squad: Breece Hall, a freshman running back who enrolled in the spring, and Caleb Grill, a freshman basketball player who committed to the Cyclones on Tuesday.
Hall is from Wichita. Grill is from Maize, which is just a few miles from Wichita. Here’s what Grill’s mom, Lena, sent me Wednesday when I asked if her son knew Breece:
“Yes, we all know Breece,” she wrote. “Breece attended Northwest HS in NW Wichita, which happens to be 6 miles from Maize HS.
“Breece and Caleb have competed against each other in Football and Basketball since they were in elementary school. Caleb and Breece were both named to the top 11 football team this past season. Breece is a great kid. We’re excited to see him and the team do well this year.”
Talen Horton-Tucker’s future
I’m hearing Iowa State fans say they’ve heard that someone said the freshman hooper that turned himself into the NBA Draft process might be having second thoughts, and to that I tell them:
The versatile combo player with the 7-foot wing span and who doesn’t turn 19 until November will likely go into the June 20 draft being pegged as a low first-round selection. That’s guaranteed money.
Even if Horton-Tucker slips to the second round, he’ll still be all right. Deonte Burton is making big money after first playing overseas, and then playing in the G-League. Monte Morris signed a two-way G-League/NBA contract after being the Nuggets’ second-round choice in 2017, and he’s doing all right. Georges Niang, Naz Mitrou-Long and Matt Thomas aren’t starving while playing on various professional stages.
Horton-Tucker hasn’t talked publicly since declaring for the draft a couple weeks after Iowa State’s season ended on its opening day of the NCAA Tournament. His agent has told reporters that her client isn’t doing any media until next week’s NBA Draft Combine in Chicago.
He’ll probably say he’s keeping all options open. I’m also guessing that after the May 29 deadline to return to college — Talen will still be in the draft.
Another Penn State to Iowa State story?
Thoughts immediately turned to Chris Babb after seeing Matthew Bain’s reporting in the Register about Rasir Bolton on Tuesday. Another Penn State basketball transfer to the Cyclones?
Bolton is leaving Penn State after just one season in which the 6-foot-2 combo guard averaged 11.6 points and 1.5 assists. He’s expected to visit Iowa State May 10-12.
Chris Babb had a successful two seasons at Iowa State after transferring from Penn State — and coincidentally, he signed financial aid papers in May of 2010.
Bolton must sit out a season before becoming eligible, and that’s right up Iowa State coach Steve Prohm’s alley.
Marial Shayok and Mike Jacobson sat out after transferring, and both were stars on last season’s team. Prentiss Nixon sat out last season after playing for Larry Eustachy at Colorado State, and he’s a likely starter for 2019-20.
“The biggest thing you learn, is don’t not take a good player, even if they have to sit out,” Prohm said at the annual Coaches vs. Cancer gala last week. “Marial Shayok and Mike Jacobson were huge parts of the (Big 12 tourney) championship team this year. They were part of getting us back in the upper half of the Big 12 and to the NCAA Tournament.”
So, another Penn State to Iowa State in the month of May?
Something to keep an eye on.
►It would not be surprising if Matt Campbell adds an immediately-eligible or two to an already good 2019 Iowa State football recruiting class. It’s a class that 247sports.com ranks sixth in the Big 12, and it’s a team that still could use some depth in the secondary and at linebacker.
►Who would be your “celebrity picker” if ESPN’s College GameDay comes to Iowa State for the Sept. 14 Cy-Hawk game? I’ve heard guys like Dan McCarney and Dan Gable mentioned. Who else would you recommend?
►Concerned about the late signing of Grill? Don’t be. I recall a quarterback named Brock that didn’t announce his intentions to attend Iowa State until about 24 hours before signing his letter of intent. He’s done all right.
Iowa State columnist Randy Peterson has been with the Register for parts of five decades. Randy writes opinion and analysis of Iowa State football and basketball. You can reach Randy at email@example.com or on Twitter at @RandyPete.
Source: Des Moines Register