The Iowa State Cyclones needed frontcourt depth behind Georges Niang and Jameel McKay, and got it today in the form of Class of 2015 three-star forward and former SMU commit Simeon Carter, of North Carolina’s West Charlotte High School. Travis Hines of the Ames Tribune reported Carter’s decision.
This helps ISU in the short-term, as the status of seven-footer Georgios Tsalmpouris is still being decided, and is a huge get for new head coach Steve Prohm. Carter had re-opened his recruitment when the admissions process at SMU took longer than expected, and he should provide great depth for the Cyclones behind Niang and McKay. If Tsalmpouris is cleared to play, the team could once again find itself in contention for a Big 12 championship and NCAA Tournament berth.
Moreover, SMU’s men’s basketball team is currently facing NCAA sanctions after an investigation turned up academic misconduct, so Carter probably made the right move if playing on a team that will contend in the long term was his first priority.
No matter how you look at it, Iowa State is once again going to be a team to watch in the 2015-16 season.
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