Prohm gets first ISU commit as head coach


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Steve Prohm talks about his new position as head coach of the ISU men’s basketball team at a press conference on Tuesday, June 9 at the Sukup Basketball Complex.

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Steve Prohm filled one of his two remaining scholarship positions when an in-state player committed to the ISU men’s basketball program, Iowa State officially announced Thursday. 

Brady Ernst of Clinton, Iowa, is the first player to commit to Iowa State in the Prohm era. 

Ernst took to social media to share his excitement.

“Blessed to say that I have received a scholarship offer from Iowa State University and I have decided to commit to Coach Prohm and Iowa State #cyclONEnation,” Ernst said on an Instagram post.

At 6 feett 8 inches, Ernst will provide some front-court depth to a team that currently lacks big bodies. 

Ernst had a setback late in his high school career, suffering an ACL tear in his senior season. He is currently rehabbing and should be available well before the season, barring any unforeseen snag. 

Ernst averaged 16.7 points and 12 rebounds at Clinton and shot 60 percent from the field with 58 blocks en route to earning all-state honors.

“We are excited to get Brady into our program,” Prohm said in a statement. “Brady is a guy that I think has a good upside. He’s very skilled, a good athlete and he comes from a very good family. He’ll provide us with depth. Because it was so late in the process, I wanted to make sure he met what we were looking for which was character, toughness and ability.”

Ernst had a number of scholarship offers before his injury, but he decided to stay in-state with Iowa State.

The Cyclones now have one scholarship remaining. Depending on the status of Georgios Tsalmpouris, who may or may not return to Iowa State this season, the Cyclones may get a second scholarship opening.

Even though the Cyclones have one spot left to fill, Prohm told Randy Peterson of the Des Moines Register that Prohm may keep that spot open for mid-year transfers.