Caleb Grill returns to Iowa State after one year at UNLV


Grant Tetmeyer

Then-freshman guard Caleb Grill looks for a teammate to pass the ball to during Iowa State’s 73-45 victory over Southern Mississippi on Nov. 19, 2019 at Hilton Coliseum.

Matt Belinson

Iowa State men’s basketball picked up another guard from the transfer portal on Saturday, except this time it was a familiar face.

Caleb Grill, a member of Steve Prohm and Iowa State’s 2019 recruiting class, announced his return to Ames and the Cyclone program on his Twitter page Saturday.

Grill transferred to UNLV under now-current Iowa State men’s basketball coach T.J. Otzelberger after the 2019-20 season and was able to start for the Runnin’ Rebels.

The Wichita, Kansas, native’s return comes in the same week Iowa State lost its two leading scorers from a season ago in Rasir Bolton and Jalen Coleman-Lands, both of whom played heavy minutes as leading guards for the Cyclones.

Grill found success at UNLV, averaging 33.2 minutes a game shooting 39.6 percent from the field and 34.2 percent from 3-point range.

Grill’s freshman year in Ames saw him average 2.1 points and 1.7 rebounds in 13.7 minutes per game.