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Iowa State Cyclones Men’s Basketball 2023-24 Offseason Roster Tracker

Tamin Lipsey

The Iowa State Cyclones are working on assembling their 2023-24 men’s basketball roster and we’ll track every move here throughout the offseason.


F Aljaž Kunc: The forward ran out of eligibility after the season. He played two seasons with Iowa State and made two NCAA Tournament appearances. He averaged 7.1 points and 4.1 rebounds in 23 games (16 starts) despite missing a month with an injury.


G Jaren Holmes: The St. Bonaventure transfer ran out of eligibility after the season. He averaged a team-high 13.3 points and earned All-Big 12 Newcomer honors.

F Osun Osunniyi: Another St. Bonaventure transfer, his play came on during Big 12 play as he averaged 8.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. He also had a team-leading 35 blocked shots. He is out of eligibility.

G Gabe Kalscheur: The second-year Cyclone was out of eligibility after the season ended. He averaged 12.9 points and earned All-Big 12 Second-Team honors.

G Caleb Grill: He was dismissed from the program in March and transferred to Missouri. Last season he was the Cyclones’ top 3-point shooter and averaged 9.5 points per game.

G Eli King: The freshman played just nine games and entered the transfer portal. He decided to transfer to North Dakota.

Arrivals Via Transfer

G Keshon Gilbert: The former UNLV guard signed with the Rebels when Cyclones head coach T.J. Otzelberger was still out in Sin City. Gilbert averaged 11.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.2 steals last season. He’s also a 38 percent 3-point shooter.


G Curtis Jones: The former Buffalo guard led the Bulls with 15.0 points per game. He’s a 36 percent 3-point shooter and also grabbed 4.8 rebounds and dished out 3.0 assists.

G Jackson Paveletzke: The former Wofford guard averaged 15.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.

G Jeremiah Williams: The Temple transfer averaged 9.4 points, 4.2 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 31.8 minutes per game last season.

Expected to Return

G Tamin Lipsey: The guard returns after a freshman season in which he was an All-Big 12 Freshman Team selection. He averaged 7.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and a team-high 146 assists.  

G Demarion Watson: He’ll return for a sophomore season after playing in 29 games and averaged less than two points per game.

F Tre King: King could become one of the Cyclones’ top interior players next season. He averaged 6.1 points and 4.1 rebounds, which included a smattering of starts at the end of the season.

F Robert Jones: Jones decided to exercise his COVID season after averaging 5.7 points and 3.8 rebounds last season. He provides quality play whether he starts or comes off the bench.

F Hason Ward: He played in 23 games last season and averaged nearly three points per game. He returns as good frontcourt depth for the Cyclones.


Class of 2023 Recruits

F Omaha Billew, 6-8, Waukee Senior (Waukee, IA): Billew is a five-star player and a McDonald’s All-American. He’s the centerpiece of perhaps the best recruiting class in Cyclones history. Biliew is the highest-ranked signee for Iowa State in the modern era.

F Milan Momcilovic, 6-8, Pewaukee (Pewaukee, WI): Momcilovic is considered a four-star recruit and a consensus Top 40 player in the country.

G Jelani Hamilton, 6-6, Cumberland Christian Academy (Austell, GA): Hamilton is considered a three- or four-star player. Both of his parents attended Iowa State and his brother is a team manager.

PF Kayden Fish, 6-6, Staley (Kansas City, MO): Fish is a three-star recruit, but he has experience playing with the team’s top recruit. Fish teamed with Biliew on the AAU circuit with MoKan Elite.

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