It’s probably not happening, Isaiah Moss grad-transferring to finish his basketball career at Iowa State. It’s always interesting, however, when the idea of someone significant maybe transferring between our state’s Big Two is at least included in a conversation that started nationally on social media.
The former Iowa starter is visiting Arkansas this weekend, the report said. CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein further tweeted that Arizona State, Cincinnati, Illinois, Iowa State, Louisville and Minnesota also are expressing interest.
Cyclones need help on the perimeter, especially someone that can shoot three-pointers — and Moss was a 42% shooter from that distance last season. Cyclones need immediately-eligible help, considering it’s May and there’s still two open scholarships. Cyclones don’t shy away from graduate transfers.
Still, I’d be mildly surprised if Moss faces his former team during next season’s game at Hilton Coliseum. Nonetheless …
Remember when Adam Haluska played as an Iowa State freshman before finishing his solid career as a Hawkeye?
The former Carroll High School star averaged 9.2 points and 3.6 rebounds for Larry Eustachy’s Iowa State team as a freshman in the 2002-03 season. Eustachy was fired. Wayne Morgan became the coach — although I never had the sense that coaching change was the reason Haluska transferred to Iowa.
And don’t forget that former Ames High School star Alex Thompson left home to start his career at Iowa, where he played 66 games during the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons for coach Steve Alford.
And don’t forget that Thompson transferred back home, where he finished his career under Cyclones coach Greg McDermott.
On the women’s side, Stacy Frese started her career at Iowa, then finished at Iowa State. So yeah, wrestler Dan Gable hasn’t been the only in-state Cy-Hawk, or Hawk-Cy transfer.
No one’s saying or even insinuating Moss, the former Iowa starter, will finish his career in Ames. I don’t sense a lot of smoke about that right now.
It’s early in the get-to-know you process. Some folk who know a thing or two about basketball recruiting at both our Cy-Hawk schools believe Moss to Iowa State is unlikely.
But there’s at least a history — for if it happens.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @RandyPete.
Source: Des Moines Register