Notebook: Prohm meets with media for first time in 2017-18 season

Iowa State head coach Steve Prohm watches his players during the game against TCU Feb. 18, 2017. 

Aaron Marner

Iowa State head basketball coach Steve Prohm met with the media for the first time this season on Wednesday. He spoke about the recent college basketball scandal, Iowa State’s recruiting in recent weeks and more.

Here are a couple of the biggest takeaways.

Prohm weighs in on scandal

An FBI investigation into several college basketball assistant coaches and apparel companies sent shockwaves through the college basketball world last week.

Four coaches, including one at rival Big 12 school Oklahoma State, were charged with a series of violations involving bribes.

“This is a great game,” Prohm said. “And I’m very fortunate to be a part of it… it’s hard to really comment on something unless you know everything.”

Prohm went on to say that the biggest thing coaches are supposed to do is help student-athletes get ready for life after college.

Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State is the only coach involved from the Big 12, but that doesn’t mean coaches all around the country aren’t feeling the effects, even if they don’t personally know anyone involved.

“There’s more people that this is about than just me,” Prohm said. “There’s my coaching staffs and families, there’s my players’ families, there’s my administration, there’s this university, there’s alumni, there’s former players, there’s my kids and my wife.

“Decisions I want to make I hope I’m representing [those people] in the right way.”

Cyclones cap big offseason of recruiting

Iowa State has had a lot of news in the offseason. The Cyclones hit the recruiting trail hard and have picked up three commitments for the 2018 class since the start of September.

Zion Griffin was the prized recruit among the three. A 4-star forward out of Chicago, Griffin was the No. 58 player in the nation at the time of his announcement.

Griffin was followed by a pair of 3-star commits — Tyrese Haliburton and George Conditt — who will provide depth right away and could be key contributors in the future.

“It’s going good,” Prohm said. “My assistants are doing a good job of identifying guys that fit and that we have a chance to get.”

With three commitments, Iowa State has one scholarship left for the 2018 class, assuming there are no transfers and all three commits sign with Iowa State.

That final scholarship could be used for another high school player or it could be for a junior college or mid-year transfer, Prohm said. Iowa State has typically kept one scholarship open during the season for a potential mid-year transfer recently, which has helped Iowa State sign players like Deonte Burton and Jameel McKay.

“Hopefully we can finish out this fall,” Prohm said. “But I think it’s going well… It’s an everyday thing.”

Iowa State’s recruiting class is currently ranked No. 29 in the nation and No. 4 in the Big 12.