Class of 2018 wing Talen Horton-Tucker has committed to the Iowa State Cyclones. Horton-Tucker made the announcement at Simeon Academy in Chicago that he would play for Steve Prohm and the Cyclones starting next fall in Ames. The 4-star wing committed to ISU over the Illinois Fighting Illini and Xavier Musketeers.
Simeon's @Thortontucker chooses to play his college basketball at Iowa State University! Go @CycloneMBB Check out the video of his decision. pic.twitter.com/GAHD0C6sf7— The Cube (@TheCubeDotCom) October 26, 2017
Horton-Tucker is the third high-profile Illinois recruit to commit to the Cyclones in this recruiting cycle. He joins Zion Griffin of Darien, Illinois and George Conditt, also a Chicago native by way of Corliss HS, ranked fifth and sixth in the state. THT is the 4th-ranked player, so Steve Prohm certainly pulled off quite a coup.
For Xavier, this is certainly a tough pill to swallow. Their wing situation for 2018 isn’t completely lost, though. They’ll still have Kaiser Gates and Naji Marshall aboard, a 3- and 4-star recruit. Marshall of course is quite celebrated, ranking 57th in the country in 2017 and second among all Maryland recruits.
They recently offered under-the-radar prospect Dontarius James, who figures to be next in line for Chris Mack to pursue. Time will tell to see if they can pull that off.
For now though, congrats to Talen Horton-Tucker, and best of luck to him with the ‘Clones in 2018 and beyond.