Since taking over the Iowa State job during the summer, Fred Hoiberg hasn't bee playing around. He's been recruited well regionally and yesterday, he and his staff landed a commitment from Tavon Sledge showing that their recruiting arm can extend well past the Midwest.
Sledge, a very athletic and strong 5-foot-9 point guard at Dix Hills (N.Y.) Half Hollow Hills West, has been impressed by the recruiting Hoiberg and his staff have been able to do.
"When I first heard about Iowa State I didn't know much about the school," Sledge said during a press conference recorded by Rivals.com's nychoops.net. "The new players that they have received like Chris Allen and Royce White they are very good players. I felt like playing with them could improve my game.
Though he's a bit on the small side for a high major point guard, Sledge makes up for his lack of height in other ways. He's quite physical, has great bounce around the rim and is a fierce competitor.
"My heart and energy, not a lot of people my height have the heart I have," said Sledge of what he brings to the table. "I feel like when I start playing at that school I can bring them a lot of energy."
Having already taken an unofficial visit during June, Sledge took his official visit to ISU last weekend. The visit sealed the deal for the three-star prospect and he's ready to get on with his senior year.
"It takes a lot of pressure off," said Sledge. "We felt like making an early decision would give me enough time to focus on my school work."