Cyclones notch two important commitments

Chris Williams


Iowa State basketball notched two important commitments on Sunday afternoon. One will make an immediate impact starting next season. The other will be a potential three-year starter down the road. 

Let's start with Bryce Dejean-Jones, a UNLV transfer who led the Runnin' Rebels with 13.6 points on 42.7 percent shooting from the floor last season. Dejean-Jones visited Iowa State this weekend and that was all he needed to see. He announced his decision on Twitter by saying, "Had a great weekend in Ames my first time there but won't be the last I've decided I wanna be a Cyclone!"

Dejean-Jones, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, looks like a direct replacement for DeAndre Kane. If he can produce those types of numbers is still a big question. Regardless, he was Iowa State's No. 1 target this offseason. Fred Hoiberg and assistant coach Matt Abdelmassih got their guy. 

The second commitment was a bit of a surprise. The fact that Iowa Western Community College forward Darien Williams chose the Cyclones isn't shocking. After all, he visited Iowa State numerous times throughout the 2013-14 season. But this early? That was a refreshing snag indeed for the Cyclones. 

Williams, who won't get to Iowa State until the 2015-16 season, will have three years of eligibility. According to this reporting by Travis Hines at the Ames Tribune, Williams will not play next season because of shoulder surgery. The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 16.1 points per game last season with 6.7 rebounds to his name. Notably, Williams also made 41 percent of his 3-point attempts. 

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