Cyclones add first commit to large ’17 class

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Iowa State has the first piece of what is likely to be a large and critical recruiting class for coach Steve Prohm.

The Cyclones received the commitment of Terrence Lewis, a top-100 wing from Wisconsin, on Tuesday evening.

“We feel great about the decision,” Terrence’s father and high school coach, Rock Lewis, told the Ames Tribune, “and all that Iowa State brings to the table for the next four years.”

Lewis averaged 22.2 points and 9.9 rebounds per game last year for Milwaukee Riverside.

“Terrence Lewis gives Iowa State an athletic wing who can defend multiple positions while he also has upside on the offensive end,” NBCSports.com recruiting analyst Scot Phillips said. “If Lewis can improve his skill level, he’s athletic enough to be a rotation player for the Cyclones early in his career.”

His commitment gives Prohm and ISU a foundation for a recruiting class that has six current open scholarships. The Cyclones very well could lose its entire starting lineup after the 2016-17 season with long-time contributors Monte Morris, Naz Mitrou-Long and Matt Thomas graduating along with other likely starter Deonte Burton and graduate transfers Darrell Bowie and Merrill Holden.

Prohm took an experienced and talented Cyclones team that was constructed by now-Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg to the Sweet 16 last season and will still have significant holdovers for a team that hopes to compete atop the Big 12 this season. After that, though, the roster will cycle through the Hoiberg-era players and nabbing players of Lewis’ quality will be of great import as ISU looks to extend the most successful run in school history it’s currently enjoying.