The Cyclones are off to a good start in the offseason after making an improbable run to the Sweet 16 in T.J. Otzelberger’s first season.
Iowa State has landed Jeremiah Williams, a transfer guard from Temple, who has three years of eligibility remaining after just completing his sophomore year with the Owls.
Appearing in 38 contests over the past two seasons for Temple, Williams averaged 9.4 points, 4.2 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 31.8 minutes per game. At 6-5, Williams possesses the length and drive necessary to be a difference-maker defensively for the Cyclones.
Once he entered his name in the portal, Williams received interest from Illinois, Georgia, Ole Miss, Xavier, BYU, DePaul, Vanderbilt, Cincinnati, SMU, Loyola Chicago, Clemson and Stanford. However, the relationship with T.J. Otzelberger and proximity to his hometown of Chicago made Ames the destination for Williams.
“It was the relationship I was able to build with Coach T.J. and the assistant coaches on staff,” Williams said. “They hit me up the day I entered the portal and they made me feel welcome and wanted from day one. So that was a big thing.”