Kirk Hinrich. Ben Jacobson. Nate Funk.
There’s been some awfully good Division I basketball players come out of Sioux City over the last decade, those three in particular. Iowa State is hoping it has the next great one to come out of the northwest corner of the state.
West High point guard Wesley Staten said Monday he will play his college basketball in Ames. He’s a freshman and has not played a minute of high school basketball yet. Yes, you read that correctly.
ISU coaches scouted him this summer through the AAU circuit and had Staten in for an unofficial visit a few weeks ago. He and his parents clearly were impressed.
Cyclone head coach Greg McDermott — who reaped the benefits of Jacobson’s toughness, moxie and 3-point shooting ability — is starting to make a habit of this early commitment thing.
Two summers ago, Rock Valley forward Jordan Dykstra accepted McDermott’s scholarship offer before he laced up his sneakers as a prep.
Staten is the first member of the class of 2012. He’ll have plenty of time to craft his game, not to mention probably grow a few inches.
Hinrich’s legacy at West will be tough for Staten to top.
The Chicago Bulls guard went 82-9 over four years, including a state title as a senior. Predictably, Hinrich is the school’s all-time leader in points, assists and steals.
He would have been a Cyclone had Tim Floyd stuckaround.
Let’s hope Staten sticks to his word when the time comes.