Iowa State is slated to get an official visit from a junior college prospect that has rapidly ascended on the Cyclones' 2014 basketball recruiting hot board.
Long wing prospect Dewayne Benjamin will be visiting Iowa State late next week according to Mount San Jacinto (Cal.) Community College head coach Patrick Springer.
"He is visiting ISU for the Texas football game," Springer said about Benjamin, a 6-foot-7, 215-pounder who can play the small forward and off guard and is rated a four-star JUCO prospect by Rivals.com. "Not sure on all the details."
Iowa State plays Texas next Thursday night, October 2, so it is most likely that Benjamin's (up to) 48-hour official visit would commence on Thursday and extend into Saturday. A Wednesday-to-Friday visit is also possible.
This coming weekend, Benjamin is slated to visit Oregon. And Coach Springer said that Benjamin has committed to taking an official visit to Florida State as well, but that the dates for that visit are not firmed up. Gonzaga, Hawaii, Western Kentucky, Cincinnati, Washington State and Wichita State are other schools that have shown strong interest and/or offered Benjamin.
"He has some tough decisions for the remaining two visits," said Coach Springer.
Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg and assistant coach Doc Sadler have both been on the Mount San Jacinto campus twice in recent weeks to visit Benjamin, who is from Lafayette, Louisiana.
Benjamin averaged nearly 16 points and over 7 rebounds per game last season as a freshman at Mount San Jacinto. He shot almost 47 percent from the field overall and 29 percent from three-point range. In addition, he was a 73 percent free throw shooter.