Xavier Foster is no longer a member of the Iowa State men’s basketball team, per a press release sent by the Cyclones earlier on Friday.
The release included quote from first-year Cyclones head coach T.J. Otzelberger.
“We hold our program to high standards and there are expectations that our student-athletes be accountable both on and off the court,” Otzelberger said. “After much consideration, I have decided that is necessary for us to continue to build our culture.”
This is a blow for the Cyclones, who turned over much of its roster in the transition from former head coach Steve Prohm to Otzelberger.
Foster was a prized recruit for the Cyclones, as they pried the Oskaloosa, Iowa, native away from other pursuers, including Iowa. He only averaged 4 points per game last season as a true freshman. He played just seven games and saw his season end in mid-January due to a foot injury. At 7-foot, Foster was the tallest player on the team and stood to get playing time. Now, the Cyclones are left with just 12 players on its current roster.
Before joining the Cyclones, he averaged 23.4 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.7 blocks in his final high school season, and finished his high school career with 1,242 points, 795 rebounds and 390 blocked shots. He was ranked the No. 70 recruit nationally by 247Sports composite and was the seventh-highest ranked Cyclone recruit of the internet rankings era.
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