Iowa State has a long tradition of dipping their toes into Wisconsin and grabbing some under the radar gems that prove to be instrumental to their success. On Monday, the Cyclones did it again.

Securing a commitment from one of the nation’s top sleepers, head coach Steve Prohm landed Oshkosh (Wis.) North point guard Tyrese Haliburton, one of the nation’s best kept secrets. 

A high-IQ PG, Haliburton is a true floor general that makes everyone on the floor better. It’s impossible for teammates not to gel with Haliburton because he has such a great feel for his team’s strengths/weaknesses and always seems to know how to adapt to those around him. An extension of the coach on the floor, the Cyclones are in good hands with Haliburton.

Able to take over a game without necessarily putting up huge scoring numbers, Haliburton puts his stamp on the outcome even if he’s not putting the ball in the basket. When it comes to dribble drives, making the extra pass – giving up a good look for a great one, engineering the fast break, or orchestrating the offense and getting guys in the right spots, Haliburton’s mind is as crucial to his team’s success as anything.  But he can score the basketball as well. A deadly 3-point shooter, Haliburton is money when he can set his feet and get an open look from downtown. An improved attacker/slasher, Haliburton learned to use his 6-foot-6 frame around the rim and possesses excellent body control and touch in traffic.

Haliburton should be outstanding in Iowa State’s uptempo offense as a guard that’s willing to push the pace with the pass immediately up the floor, rather than a guy who wants to do it himself. When you talk about his vision and ability to survey the floor, Haliburton will make the Cyclones very dangerous on offense and opponents will have to pick their poison with the number of athletes they’ll surround Haliburton with. 

Haliburton chose Iowa State over Nebraska, Minnesota, Northern Iowa, Cincinnati, and a host of mid-major programs.  The Cyclones have two verbal commitments in 2018. Joining Haliburton is forward Zion Griffin (Darien, Ill.). 

Iowa State currently has Wisconsin natives Terrence Lewis (Milwaukee Riverside) and Donovan Jackson (Pius XI) and recently graduated Matt Thomas (Onalaska) and Deonte Burton (Milwaukee Vincent).