During Fred Hoiberg’s tenure at Iowa State the program has brought in a number of transfers, with some having to sit out for a year and others being eligible to play immediately, and for the most part the Cyclones have been successful in that approach. Even with a number of contributors from last season’s team, including forward Georges Niang and guard Monte Morris, returning Iowa State is still looking to add more players in hopes of ending Kansas’ Big 12 regular season title streak in 2015-16.
This weekend two players who, due to their completing their undergraduate studies, would be eligible immediately visited the Iowa State campus. Tyler Harris, who began his college career at NC State before playing two seasons at Providence, and former Michigan forward Max Bielfeldt were in Ames taking their visits.
And in the case of Bielfeldt, the already slim chances of him returning to Michigan became even slimmer once Caris LeVert announced his decision to return to school for another season on Tuesday.
“With (LeVert) taking that scholarship, any little option of something else happening — me coming back — got a little bit smaller,” Bielfeldt told MLive on Tuesday. “The odds aren’t very high that I come back here next year.”
According to Brendan F. Quinn of MLive.com, Bielfeldt is also considering Boston College, Bradley, DePaul, Kansas State and Stanford.
Harris and Bielfeldt weren’t the only players visiting Iowa State either, as former Marquette commit Nick Noskowiak was on campus as well. While the Cyclones won’t lack for talent next season, with the aforementioned Niang and Morris joined by players such as Jameel McKay, Naz Long, Marquette transfer Deonte Burton (in December) and Oregon State transfer Hallice Cooke, adding depth doesn’t hurt at all.
Iowa State has three scholarships available at this point in time, and if they can reel in some more talent while also not upsetting team chemistry the Cyclones could very well have the pieces needed to make up for the disappointing NCAA tournament loss to UAB.