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Recruiting mailbag: What’s the latest with Iowa State transfer target Jalen Coleman-Lands?

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Welcome, once again, to the recruiting mailbag.

As always, feel free to send me questions over Twitter or to mbain@dmreg.com. I know I do the call-out for questions on Twitter on Mondays, but I’m happy to take questions any other day of the week, too.

Let’s get to this week’s answers:

Cyclones have three open scholarships. What’s happening? — @Daddy_Rusty

The main target to keep an eye on is DePaul graduate transfer Jalen Coleman-Lands. I was told on Thursday that, while he has not made his decision yet, Iowa State feels like it’s in a good spot with the 6-foot-4 guard out of Indianapolis. It sounds like things are coming to a head in this recruitment, and I would expect a commitment to be announced before too long.

Coleman-Lands released a final five earlier this month of Iowa State, Michigan, USC, North Carolina State and Cal. He’d be an immediate, significant contributor in Ames.

Originally a four-star prospect in the 2015 class, Coleman-Lands committed to Illinois over programs such as Notre Dame and UNLV.

After two seasons, he transferred to DePaul. He had leg surgery during his sit-out year and played in just nine games the following year while recovering. Last season, he averaged 11.1 points in 30.3 minutes per game. Due to his injury issues, the NCAA granted Coleman-Lands a sixth year of eligibility.

Do you think Iowa State gets involved with Utah transfer Both Gach? — @LoganHayes_30

Yes, I would think the Cyclones will at least put in a call for Utah transfer Both Gach.

Gach is a former four-star 2018 shooting guard who was born in Austin, Minnesota, just over two hours north of Ames. He’s a 6-6 perimeter player who averaged 10.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game last season for the Utes.

He’ll be a junior next season and would have to sit one year before playing his final two years of eligibility, unless he gets an NCAA waiver to play immediately.

Does the longer (T.J.) Bollers goes without announcing a commitment, good or bad for Iowa State? Any updates in general on it? — @C_Roberts22

Clear Creek Amana four-star defensive end T.J. Bollers told me he has decided he’ll announce his commitment in early June. That’s probably good news for programs not named Alabama. 

If Bollers was able to go on his official visits, like he had hoped, that may have brought Alabama more obviously into the fold. Bollers has liked everything he’s heard from Nick Saban, but it would be hard to commit to a state he’s never visited.

It’s now clear Bollers is not planning to wait into the late summer or early fall to take any additional visits. That favors Iowa State on paper because he’s already visited so many times and loves it in Ames. No visits may rule out Alabama or even a program like Penn State, which offered Bollers after he released his final six and has been all over him since then.

“They’re a great group of coaches,” Bollers told me of James Franklin and the Nittany Lions staff.

The running thought is that Iowa State, Wisconsin and Nebraska are the main contenders, but that Alabama could manage to work its way in there.

Who would you say are the main Drake 2021 targets? — @Drakedawgs

Waukee wing Tucker DeVries, the son of Bulldogs head coach Darian DeVries, is target No. 1, A, top-dog, whatever you want to call it. Unless Tucker gets an opportunity to go out and earn more offers, it’s looking like this is a battle between Drake and Creighton. And if Drake can win, its 2021 class will basically be an automatic success.

If DeVries can somehow also land Tucker’s Waukee teammate, Payton Sandfort, that would be a huge accomplishment. Sandfort is also considering programs such as Iowa, Utah and Minnesota.

The Bulldogs already have one 2021 recruit in Illinois point guard Conor Enright.

I see Cyclones BB just offered Tamar Bates. What can you tell ISU fans yearning for recruiting success about him? — @ted_rood

Might as well discuss a few Iowa State men’s recruiting nuggets here that don’t deal with remaining 2020 scholarships …

Iowa State did just offer 2021 combo guard Tamar Bates. He’s a four-star prospect out of Kansas City who will play for IMG Academy in Florida next year. His other recent offers include Alabama, Oklahoma and Kansas.

The Cyclones are working hard on their 2022 class. A source with direct knowledge of Iowa State recruiting said the staff had a virtual visit last week with Ames point guard Tamin Lipsey and will again soon, and they’ve got a virtual visit set with Kansas wing Gradey Dick on June 1. Those two — both top-100, Team USA member prospects — are arguably Iowa State’s top 2022 priorities right now. The Cyclones obviously have an in with Lipsey because he’s from Ames and grew up an Iowa State fan. And Dick’s mother is Carmen Jaspers, who starred for Iowa State basketball in the late 1980s.

Don’t think I ever really looked at this, but ESPN has incoming point guard Jaden Walker as a four-star prospect ranked 26th at his position. That’s closer to how Iowa State views him than 247Sports or Rivals’ evaluations. The Cyclones think, with his passing ability and 6-5 length, Walker can have a wide-ranging impact on the game. We’ll just have to wait and see whose evaluation proves more accurate.

Fun question: What was/or will be the first thing you want to do when quarantine is over? — @C_Roberts22

Eat at a restaurant. Indoors. With air conditioning. Relaxing in a booth.

Honestly, just all the little things we probably took for granted. Especially in Iowa. I will never, ever, ever, ever take a summer farmers market or food festival or concert — or basically any public event where my nose hairs aren’t freezing — for granted again.

Matthew Bain covers recruiting, Iowa/Iowa State athletics and Drake basketball for the Des Moines Register and USA TODAY Network. Contact him at mbain@dmreg.com and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.

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