Months before he was to make his three-year-long commitment official, Rock Valley, Iowa, forward Jordan Dykstra and Iowa State are parting ways, The Gazette has learned.
Dykstra, who accepted a scholarship offer from ISU as a ninth-grader before he even went through a varsity basketball practice, is re-opening his recruitment. The decision, sources said Wednesday, was mutual.
“Iowa State had greater expectations of Jordan when it came to his commitment to basketball and that’s understandable,” Rock Valley Coach Heath Swanson told Rivals.com site Cyclone Report. “It’s a Division I program and they were wanting Jordan to really eat, sleep and live basketball. Being a 1A school, he’s involved in everything.
“Coach (Greg) McDermott said he needed to be more committed to basketball.”
The 6-9, 215-pound forward led Rock Valley to a Class 1A state championship in March. Dykstra averaged 17.7 points and 10.1 rebounds as a junior.
Dykstra’s commitment back in 2006 is believed to be the earliest ever by an Iowa prep.
Not long ago the Cyclones had a pair of commitments for the Class of 2010. Chim Kadima, a 6-3 guard from Milwaukee also was set to come to ISU but now is looking at other schools.
National signing day for recruits is in November.
McDermott will have at least one scholarship available and possibly three.
Forward Jamie Vanderbeken and junior college transfer Marquis Gilstrap are seniors, though Gilstrap may ask the NCAA for an additional year of eligibility because of past injury problems.
All-Big 12 Conference forward Craig Brackins returned for his junior season, but is likely to only stay one more season before turning pro.