‘I felt like it was home;’ catching up with future Cyclone George Conditt

George Conditt (24) blocks Simeon’s Xavier Pinson (3) at the rim in a game on February 8. Conditt is committed to Iowa State while Pinson will play his college ball for Missouri.

Aaron Marner

This is the fourth part in a series about Iowa State’s 2018 men’s basketball recruiting class. In the first three parts, the Daily caught up with signees Tyrese Haliburton, Zion Griffin and Talen Horton-Tucker. Today, it’s time to take a look at George Conditt.

Three Iowa State men’s basketball players — Cameron Lard, Hans Brase and Michael Jacobson — are listed at six feet nine inches, making them the tallest players on the roster this year.

Brase is in his final year of eligibility, so unless Jacobson or Lard grow an inch or two in the offseason, the title of ‘tallest player’ will belong to George Conditt when next season rolls around.

At six feet 10 inches, Conditt possesses a world of potential.

“I think that his best basketball is ahead of him,” said coach Steve Prohm when Conditt signed in November. “He’s 6-10, can make threes and score around the basket on the offensive end. Defensively he can really protect the basket, so he’s got a bright future.”

Conditt is one of the four high school seniors signed to play at Iowa State next season, and one of three from the Chicago area. He and fellow 2018 signee Talen Horton-Tucker squared off in early February, with Horton-Tucker’s Simeon High School squad getting the win.

Conditt, however, still impressed. He had a number of big blocks at the rim, but he and his Corliss High School team couldn’t keep up with Simeon.

“It was good,” Conditt said. “It was fun, but we all know I wanted to win. It all depended on who wanted it more, and they did.”

While that game didn’t go as Conditt hoped, it won’t be long before he and Horton-Tucker are on the same team.

On Feb. 23, Corliss won their regional final, thanks in large part to Conditt’s performance. He went for 16 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks in the win.

Thanks to his size, Conditt is different from any of the other signees.

“He’s a mobile, versatile big man,” said assistant coach Daniyal Robinson. “He can shoot the ball, he can pass it, he can block shots, he runs the floor. For a guy his size, he moves really well.”

Conditt’s role next year will be interesting. Even though Brase and fellow senior Jeff Beverly will graduate after this season — opening up two spots for front court players — doesn’t mean easy playing time for Conditt.

Lard and Solomon Young, Iowa State’s two starters in the front court, should both return next season. Lard will be a redshirt sophomore and Young will be a junior. Additionally, Jacobson will be eligible after sitting out this season due to NCAA rules on transfers.

That doesn’t phase Conditt.

“I think I’m gonna fit in real well,” Conditt said. “It’s a great team. I talk to all the players and I’ve got good relationships with Cam and [Young].

“I’ve got good relationships with all of them. I just try to talk to them as much as I can.”

As far as next year is concerned, Conditt wants to help right away. He added his good shot-blocking ability, which could help an Iowa State squad that has only one real rim protector in Lard.

“He plays really hard,” Robinson said. “He’s gonna bring energy and a skill set where he’s not just a low-block five. I think he’ll be able to make decisions with the ball in his hands from the top of the key.

“As he gets stronger you’ll probably see him have more confidence right around the basket.”

The biggest key for Conditt was he felt he was already a part of the Cyclone family. His father, George, played football at Iowa State in the early 1990s, and Ames just felt right.

“I felt like it was home,” Conditt said. “They treated me like I was family already. It was a good decision.”