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Iowa State lands New York area point guard

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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."
Sledge joins junior college guard Tyrus McGee, small forward Elgin Cook and Houston combo guard Anthony Odunsi to make up the Cyclones 2011 recruiting class. Minnesota transfer Royce White and Michigan State transfer Chris Allen will be eligible to play next year after sitting out.
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