The Iowa State men’s and women’s basketball teams took to the court in Hilton Coliseum on Friday for Hilton Madness — Cyclone fans’ first opportunity to see the teams in action this year.
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Then, on Thursday, another Illinois product made this a standout class.
Talen Horton-Tucker, a small forward from Simeon High School in Chicago, announced his commitment to the Cyclones. Horton-Tucker, a top-60 player in the 2018 recruiting class, picked the Cyclones over Illinois and Xavier.
At 6-foot-6 and 210 pounds, Horton-Tucker was one of the most sought-after recruits in the Midwest. He was tabbed as a four-star prospect by both Rivals and 247Sports and generally considered the second-best senior in Illinois. His recruitment took off over the summer as he flashed his versatility and scoring ability on the AAU circuits.
Horton-Tucker averaged 13.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists while shooting 43 percent from the floor during 12 games with the Mac Irvine Fire in the spring. He upped his production when he joined Team Rose at the Adidas Uprising Gauntlet Finale in July, averaging 18.2 points on 42 percent shooting, seven boards and one assist over five games.
Horton-Tucker is a “do-it-all wing that can defend various positions, act as a facilitating agent as a point-wing in certain lineups, and is skilled enough in creating both for himself and others,” wrote Corey Evans, a basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.
“Horton-Tucker is primed to be an early contributor because he can initiate his team’s half-court offense, defend different positions and score from all three levels on the floor.”
Horton-Tucker fielded as many as 20 offers, but narrowed his list to seven by the end of September: Ohio State, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Saint Louis in addition to his final three. He visited Iowa State earlier this month for Hilton Madness and the Cyclones’ home football game against Kansas, where he was surrounded by Griffin, Haliburton and Conditt.
“It’s nice being around all the guys,” Horton-Tucker told the Register’s Randy Peterson at the time. “I get along with them.
“Three Illinois guys — that’s nice. Coming to school with somebody I know would be good.”
The addition of Horton-Tucker gives Iowa State two four-star recruits — Griffin, a 6-foot-5 forward from Hinsdale, Illinois, is the other — in addition to two three-star prospects in Haliburton and Conditt. That three-man recruiting class ranked 36th nationally and fifth in the Big 12, according to 247Sports. With Horton-Tucker in the fold, Iowa State’s 2018 haul now ranks 21st in the country.
Horton-Tucker, along with the rest of the Cyclones’ 2018 commits, plans to sign during the early signing period, set for November 8-15.
Cody Goodwin covers high school sports, college basketball recruiting and Drake athletics for The Des Moines Register. Follow him on Twitter at @codygoodwin.
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