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Men's Newcomers

New Players

Solomon Young

Height: 6’8’’
Weight: 240 pounds
Position: Forward
Hometown: Sacramento, California
High School: Sacramento
Recruiting Class Ranking: 3-star recruit

HS/College Career:  

  • Led Sacramento High School to 30-2 record as a senior
  • Averaged 17.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.8 blocks as a senior
  • Chose Iowa State over Washington, Arizona State and Nevada

Donovan Jackson

Height: 6’2’’
Weight: 175 pounds
Position: Guard
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
High School: Pius XI
Recruiting Class Ranking: No. 7 JUCO player according to 247sports.com

HS/College Career:

  • Averaged 15.3 points and 2.9 assists for injuring his wrist at Iowa Western C.C.
  • Team was 17-2 before his injury and was second in scoring his freshman season
  • All-state and all-conference as a senior after averaging 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
  • Lost in 2012 state semifinals to Matt Thomas’ team

Ray Kasongo

Height: 6’9’’
Weight: 230 pounds
Position: Forward
Hometown: Toronto. Ontario
High School: Pikeville, Kentucky/Phase 1 Academy
Recruiting Class Ranking: 3-star recruit

HS/College Career:

  • Saw limited time in 22 games at Tennessee during his one season
  • Played one season at College of Southern Idaho and averaged 6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.2 blocks
  • Played AAU basketball with Grassroots Canada

Merrill Holden

Height: 6’8’’
Weight: 224 pounds
Position: Forward
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
High School: Lincoln (Neb.)
Recruiting Class Ranking: N/R

HS/College Career:

  • Grad transfer after playing two seasons at Louisiana Tech
  • Averaged 8.1 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.1 blocks as a senior
  • Played one season at Pratt Community College and averaged 5.8 points  

Darrell Bowie

Height: 6’8’’
Weight: 218 pounds
Position: Forward
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
High School: La Jolla Prep (Calif.)/Wauwatosa
Recruiting Class Ranking: 2-star recruit out of high school

HS/College Career:

  • Led Northern Illinois in field goal percentage and free throws made as a freshman
  • Ranked 11th in MAC rebounds as a sophomore
  • Had shoulder surgery in his final season at Northern Illinois

Jakolby Long

Height: 6’5’’
Weight: 208 pounds
Position: Guard
Hometown: Mustang, Oklahoma
High School: Mustang
Recruiting Class Ranking: 4-star recruit and second-ranked player in Oklahoma

HS/College Career:

  • Averaged 24.6 points, 8.0 rebounds and 5.3 assists as a senior
  • Named Oklahoma Boys Coaches Association Player of the Year award in Class 6A
  • Won Class 6A title as a junior
  • Picked Iowa State over offers from Oklahoma State, Georgia and Missouri
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