The season Iowa State is currently enduring is unlike most in recent memory.
The Cyclones have won three of the last four Big 12 titles, including the most recent, but the 2017-18 season has seen a considerably less successful run thus far. Fifteen games into the season, Steve Prohm’s Cyclones are 9-6 following an 0-4 start to the Big 12 slate.
It’s not all bad in Ames, though, and as Corey Evans of Rivals.com noted, help is on the way in the form of a loaded 2018 class.
“The Cyclones are not a bad ball club, but unfortunately someone has to finish toward the bottom of the Big 12, which is the best league in America,” Evans said. “There is a lot to like about the future at Iowa State, including the current talent of former 5-star guard Lindell Wigginton and Cameron Lard, who provides an interior presence.”
“However, what could really change the fortunes of the program is enrolling its signed 2018 class tomorrow,” Evans added. “While it remains in a fierce battle for four-star guard Tyler Harris this winter, ISU has a group that will bring versatility, toughness and the potential to become one of the best groups in school history.”
As it currently stands, Iowa State’s 2018 class consists of four signees in 3-star guard Tyrese Haliburton, 3-star forward George Conditt, 4-star forward Zion Griffin and the headliner of the bunch, 4-star guard Talen Horton-Tucker out of the talent favorite that is Simeon High School in Chicago, Ill.
Fortunately for Iowa State, the 2016-17 season is proof that the Cyclones can turn things around in the next couple of months.
Nearly a year ago, the Cyclones were just 11-6 through 17 games before ultimately entering the NCAA Tournament on the heels of a 23-10 record and as noted, a Big 12 Championship. Although the Cyclones aren’t as loaded this time around, there’s time to notch another couple handfuls of wins and once again enjoy the postseason.
But if that’s the good news, the bad news is the schedule is unforgiving.
As it stands, Iowa State’s remaining regular-season slate will feature 10 ranked foes in 15 games, including a stretch that includes six ranked opponents in eight games throughout the next month.
Not surprisingly, wins won’t be easy to come by, but regardless of how the rest of the season plays out, Iowa State should be back to its typical form in 2018-19 with an abundance of talent signed to the Cyclones.