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Class of 2000 Commitments


-ERNEST BROWN 6'11 C, Indian Hills(IA) CC (via Bronx, NY)
Top 2 JC
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    Brown played high school basketball at St. Raymonds Academy in the 
Bronx. He was the fourth rated player in the NY metro area in 1998, 
and he was rumored to be going to the NBA. He committed to St. Johns, 
but had problems academically. At one time, Ernest was rated the #13 
player in last year's class. He was a Prop 48, but I don't know what 
the story is with eligibilty. Brown is very tall and skinny, but he 
runs the floor well and he has exceptional footwork. he has a pretty 
turn around jumper. He is a major talent underneath the hoop, but might need an
attitude adjustment.4-25-99...It looks like Brown will transfer to 
IHCC. He's just waiting in the wings for ISU....in my opinion, the 
only way he doesn't play for the 'clones is if the NBA nabs him first.
This is all from a very accurate source.6-19-99...Former Mesa
Community College Assistant Coach Tres Chapman has been hired by ISU.
Brown committing will be the last piece of the puzzle, but keep in 
mind that even if he commits, there is a strong chance that he will 
opt for the NBA.7-28-99...HEADED FOR ISU!!!2-9-00...
Ernest is a big part of IHCC's title run.  His stats are down from 
last year, but that's a good thing for ISU because that increases the 
likelihood of him matriculating.  At the moment he's not a lottery 
pick.2-17-00...The NCAA is investigating allegations that ISU 
violated recruiting rules while recruiting Brown.  Former Mesa(and U 
of Iowa) Coach Joedy Gardner wrote an unsolicited letter to the NCAA 
claiming ISU had violated rules.  Mesa's AD has been quoted as saying 
that he thought ISU did everything properly.  It just looks like 
Gardner is sour grapes over the situation and wants to nail Brown.  
Eustachy doesn't think it's a big deal.3-7-00...Brown says 
there is an 80% chance he'll go pro.3-10-00...I'm hearing that
Brown has dropped out of IHCC.  He's gone.  I think this is a bad deal
for both parties involved.3-17-00...It's official.  Brown and 
Cory Hightower to the NBA.
ARTICLES:
Houston Chronicle(3/22/00)- Ex-JC Coach Questions Iowa St.'s Recruitment...
Des Moines Register(3/22/00)- Cyclones Cleared by NCAA
Des Moines Register(3/22/00)- Brown Skips His Way to NBA
ESPN(3/21/00)- Brown Expected to Jump to NBA
Ames Tribune(3/21/00)- Ernest Brown Turns Pro
Ames Tribune(3/21/00)- ISU Cleared in NCAA Inquiry About Brown
Cyclone Illustrated(3/21/00)- Ernest Brown Recruitment Clean
Ames Tribune(2/26/00)- Eustachy Says He Expects Brown to Turn Pro
Des Moines Register(2/24/00)- NCAA Inquiry of ISU Centers on Recruiting
QC Times(2/18/00)- Iowa State Welcomes Inquiries from NCAA
FOXSports.com(2/17/00)- Squeaky Clean
Des Moines Register(2/17/00)- Iowa State Investigated by NCAA
ESPN(2/17/00)- Report: NCAA Investigating Cyclones
Ames Tribune(2/17/99)- NCAA Investigates ISU Recruit Brown
ESPN(8/4/99)- Weekly Word
Des Moines Register(7/27/99)- Rave Reviews For ISU Recruit



-JAKE SULLIVAN 6'1 PG/WG, Oakdale(MN) Tartan
Top 50 HS
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    Jake Sullivan is an outstanding shooter no doubt about it.  He was
one of the most prolific scorers in Minnesota prep basketball this 
year at 28 points per game.  He doesn't have the speed or the court 
vision to play the point, but will be an outstanding player regarless.
Schools involved- ISU, Minnesota, Mizzou, Temple, Northwestern, Iowa, 
Stanford, others.6-29-99...Sullivan has been offered.  It looks
like he will become the first commit.7-4-99...Sullivan has 
given Coach Eustachy a verbal commitment.  He was ISU's top target for
a wing guard.  I think his game is very comparable to former Cyclone 
Hurl Beecham.  Sullivan will now be a working recruiter for ISU, who 
would love to have his AAU teammate PG Adam Boone.7-29-99... Jake's
amazing summer has now prompted scholarship offers from North 
Carolina, Utah, and UNLV.  UNC Coach Bill Guthridge says that Sullivan
is the best shot faker he has seen in his years in basketball.  ISU 
continues to recruit Jake since his commitment is non-binding.
2-9-00...Jake is having another dynamo season at Tartan.  He is
on pace to become the state's #2 all-time scorer.  He's averaging 
about 28 points a game this season.  He's reportedly a finalist for 
the McDonald's All-American team(just a rumor), has been named to 
numerous top 50 and 100 lists, and led his team to a high rating in 
Minnesota's biggest class, 4A.  No doubt about it, Eustachy pulled a 
rabbit out of his hat on this one.3-17-00...Coach watched Jake
put up 40 points in a playoff game as Tartan advanced.  Jake is going
to the ISU NCAA games in Minneapolis.4-2-00...Tartan won the 
state title thanks to 28 points from Jake.  Jake became only the 2nd 
player in state history to score 3,000 points.  I can't wait to see 
this kid as a Cyclone.
ARTICLES:
Ames Tribune(4/3/00)- The Future: Off The Court, Minnesota Recruits Are...
Ames Tribune(3/22/00)- Sullivan Not Surprised By Cyclones' Success
Des Moines Register(3/21/00)- Iowa State Recruit Sullivan Takes in ...
Pioneer Planet(3/7/00)- Basket O'Plenty For Sullivan
Star Tribune(2/8/00)- Sullivan Has Survived the Pressure
Pioneer Planet(9/26/99)- Gophers Blew Chance to Keep Sullivan Here
Des Moines Register(9/1/99)- Blue-chip Schools Woo ISU Prospect
Pioneer Planet(8/19/99)- U Hasn't Given Up On Landing Tartan Ace
Cyclone Illustrated(7/8/99)- New ISU Guard Sullivan
Rivals.com(7/7/99)- Player Profile
Pioneer Planet(3/16/99)- Tartan's Sullivan Not One-Dimensional
SportsMidwest.com- 1999 Nike Camp Reports 



-ANDREW SKOGLAND 7'1 C, Minnetonka(MN) Hopkins
Top 300 HS
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   Skogland is a 7'1 240 lbs. center who is developing into a really
good player.  He has already developed as a student, boasting of a 
35 on his ACT test!  Schools involved- Northwestern, ISU, Kansas, UT
Texas A&M, West Virginia, Iowa.7-13-99...COMMITTED TO ISU!  It 
is unknown whether he will be on academic or athletic scholarship.  He
is the second commit from the Twin Cities.  Coach Eustachy might not 
be done in Minnesota yet...11-11-99...Skogland signed his LOI 
with ISU.  Apparently he will be on an athletic scholarship.
2-9-00...The Skogland led Hopkins team has been rated in USA 
Today's National HS Top 25 nearly all season.  Skogland hurt his hand
early in the year, and has now recovered.  He is averaging a bit 
better than 10 points a game.
ARTICLES:
Ames Tribune(4/3/00)- The Future: Off The Court, Minnesota Recruits Are...
Cyclone Illustrated(7/9/99)- Skogland is "Interesting" Recruit
Rivals.com(7/5/99)- Player Profile
Des Moines Register(7/4/99)- 7-1 Prep Commits to Play at ISU



-SHANE POWER 6'5 WG/WF, Merrillville(IN) Andrean
Top 125 HS
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   Power is the cousin of current ISU freshman guard Kyle Brumm.  He 
is one of the better players in Indiana, and is a top recruiting 
target of Purdue among others.  He is described as a "power guard" as 
he played everywhere for Andrean, a private school in the Chicago 
suburbs.  He has drawn comparisons to Fred Hoiberg not only because of
his playing style, but because of his looks.  Eustachy loves this 
kid's playing style, and ISU will give him everything they've got.  
Duke had shown some interest early.  Schools involved- Purdue, ISU, 
Southern Cal, and many others.10-9-99...COMMITTED TO ISU.  
Eustachy got his man after Power officially visited campus.
2-9-00...Power has had his fair share of medical problems this 
season, but the good news is that Andrean hasn't lost with Shane in 
the lineup yet.  He has improved his outside shooting from last 
season, and has helped recruit the Gary area for ISU.3-7-00...
Shane was named to the All-Sectional Team.  For the year, he's 
averaging 26 points and 11 rebounds.4-2-00...Andrean lost in 
the state championship game.  Shane was given an award for the Indiana
player with the best sportsmanship!  He was recently named 1st team 
All-State, and is a finalist for the prestigious Indiana Mr. 
Basketball Award.
ARTICLES:
Ames Tribune(4/5/00)- Power Looks To Bring Toughness To The Court
Indianapolis Star(3-30-00)- Randolph and Ely Lead Way...
The Times Online(3/23/00)- Better Late Than Never
The Times Online(3/22/00)- Man of Steel
Indianapolis Star(3/22/00)- Andrean Star Overcomes Ulcer to Lead...
Indianapolis Star(3/19/00)- Andrean's Shane Power Fulfills Coach's Dream
Rivals.com(1/21/00)- Player Profile
Ames Tribune(9/22/99)- Power Commits to Cyclones
Cedar Rapids Gazette(9/22/99)- Indiana Prep Commits to ISU



-TYRAY PEARSON 6'7 BF/WF, Kankakee(IL) CC (via Hammond, IN)
Top 10 JC
   Pearson has already visited ISU, and is planning an official visit 
for the month of September.  He is a slashing type forward who will 
be an outstanding offensive rebounder on the college level.  He is 
very much in the mold of a Stevie Johnson, only a little bigger, and 
with a better shot.  Pearson is quoted as saying that he thinks ISU 
would be a good situation for him, and he might end up being the ideal
replacement for Marcus Fizer.  He averaged 17 points and 9 rebounds
per game a year ago on his way to All-America honors.  ISU has 
offered.  Schools involved- ISU leads KSU and many mid-majors.
10-13-99...COMMITTED TO ISU.2-9-00...Pearson may be the 
biggest surprise thus far.  He is dominating in the post.  Last I 
heard, he was averaging about 22 points and 9 boards a game.  Pearson 
will be a more than adequate backup for Fizer, and should be a big 
help to ISU's depth.3-17-00...Pearson has carried KCC on his 
back to the JC Final Four.  Bob Gibbons says he loves the kid's game,
and Pearson is his #2 JUCO!  A great get for ISU.  He needs to get in
the weight room, but he's a jumping jack in the post.4-4-00...
Pearson was named to the JC All-America 1st team!
ARTICLES:
Ames Tribune(4/5/00)- Pearson Could Make Immediate Impact for Cyclones
Kankakee Daily Journal(2/13/99)- Pearson, Gordon are a Potent Duo
Ames Tribune(10/5/99)- Tyray Pearson Commits to ISU
Cyclone Illustrated(10/4/99)- Tyray Pearson Commits



-OMAR BYNUM 6'7 WF/BF, Indian Hills CC (via Omaha)
Top 50 JC
   Granted ISU hasn't had a ton of luck with IHCC, Bynum would be a 
nice pickup.  He was a qualifier out of high school, and has 3 years 
of eligibility left.  He averaged about 8 points and 5 rebounds for a 
very deep IHCC frontcourt.  He's a bit weak for inside play in the Big
12 at 210 pounds.  He'd be used as a post backup for the clones.  
Omar will visit ISU in April.  He's a done deal if we offer. 
Schools involved- ISU, Creighton, Drake, IHCC.4-9-00..Omar took
his official visit to ISU this weekend.  I think we might have offered
since Ellis Myles and Ronnie Griffin are off of our list now.  Look 
for an official commitment in a few days.  Bynum is a offensive 
rebounder extraordinaire.  He's a slasher that will be used to guard 
big perimeter players, and maybe post defense in an emergency.  He'd 
be in the same class with Brandon Hawkins, which can only help 
balance classes.4-11-00...It's official, Bynum will be a clone!
He chose ISU over Drake, Creighton, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and UNO.
4-27-00...PrepStars rates Bynum as the #40 JUCO as only a 
freshman, not bad.  For what it's worth, Ernest Brown was #1.
ARTICLES:
Ames Tribune(4/11/00)- Cyclones Gain a Pair of Transfers
Omaha World Herald(4/11/00)- Omar Bynum to Sign Letter With Cyclones



-ZACH FORTUNE 6'2 PG, Bellevue(NE) West
Top 300 HS
   Fortune wasn't very highly recruited during the fall signing 
period, but a very strong showing in the Nebraska State Tournament, 
and a solid performance at a tournament in California brought him onto
the radar screen.  He was first team All-State at PG.  He averaged 23
points and 8 assists per game while shooting 42% from three point land
and over 90% from the line.  He is a very good student with a 26 on 
his ACT and straight A's in high school.  Schools involved- ISU, 
Gonzaga, St. Louis, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Air Force.  COMMITTED TO ISU!
4-27-00...More info on Fortune.  He was named Mr. Basketball in
Nebraska.  He played both guard spots this season, but is clearly made
for the point.  He had a whirlwind recruitment.  ISU had only been 
recruiting him for a little over a week, and invited him for a visit.
Eustachy offered on the visit, and voila!
ARTICLES:




Class of 2001 Commitments



-ADAM SCHAPER 6'9 BF, Wheatfield(IN) Kankakee Valley
Top 200 HS
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   ISU got a good look at Adam Schaper this summer, while watching its
top target.  Schaper played on the SYF Players AAU team out of 
Gary, Indiana along with Shane Power.  ISU's coaches were so impressed
with the big man's agility that they offered.  Schaper is a versatile 
forward who can shoot the three and handle the ball.  His upside is 
tremendous.  His coach compares him to Nick Collison.  Schaper will 
have the chance to move up in national rankings when he plays next 
summer.  North Carolina State was very interested, but the 'clones 
were able to lock him up before the big names came calling.3-7-00...
Schaper was the only junior named to his All-Sectional Team.  Power 
was also named to the team.  Schaper is averaging 16 points and 7 
boards a game. I think Schaper will make some waves on the AAU circuit
this summer.
ARTICLES:
Ames Tribune(1/26/00)- Indiana Prep Commits to ISU
Cyclone Illustrated(1/25/00)- ISU Hoops Addition



-MARCUS JEFFERSON 6'5 WF, Fitchburg(MA) Notre Dame Prep
Transfer from Providence College
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   Jefferson comes from a very familiar part of the country to Larry
Eustachy, northwest Indiana.  Marcus hails from East Chicago, IN, and
played on the same prep team as current Cyclone Kyle Brumm.  He was a 
top 200 player out of high school and had schools such as DePaul, 
Iowa, Wisconsin, and Purdue after him.  In his senior year at prep 
school, he averaged 18 points and 8 rebounds.  He was injured much of 
the year at Providence.  He's a slashing type who will use the extra 
year to bulk up(185 lbs).  He chose ISU over Indiana, DePaul, and 
Purdue.
ARTICLES:
Ames Tribune(4/11/00)- Cyclones Gain a Pair of Transfers

Class of 2002 Commitments



-ADAM HALUSKA 6'6 WF/WG, Carroll(IA) Community High
Top 100 HS
   Adam averaged 17 points per game as a freshman playing varsity for
Carroll.  His coach Keith Stribe is the father of ISU women's 
basketball player Sara Stribe.  Haluska is easily one of the top 
underclassmen in the state along with Iowa commit Jeff Horner.  He 
held his own in camps this summer, and will concentrate on basketball.
He has three point range and could grow to be 6'8.  He has been 
invited to visit both ISU and Iowa.  Schools involved-ISU, Iowa, 
Creighton, others.11-1-99...COMMITTED TO ISU.  Haluska told 
Coach Eustachy he was coming at the Cyclone Shootout.  Duke was also
interested.  This is a huge in-state recruiting victory.2-17-00...
Haluska is having a very good sophomore year!  Carroll is 15-1, and 
Haluska is averaging 21.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 2 blocked shots 
per game.  He is shooting 58% from the field and 81% from the line.  
I'm glad he'll be wearing cardinal and gold!2-29-00...Carroll 
beat Denison-Schleswig last night and will move on to substate.  They
are rated #5 in class 3A.4-3-00...Adam was a 1st team All-State
selection by most people.  He had a great year.  I'm glad ISU locked 
him up early.
ARTICLES:
Des Moines Register(3-13-00)- Young Guns
Ames Tribune(11/1/99)- Iowa Prep Picks Cyclones