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November 10, 2005

Cyclones sign three as planned

The Iowa State men's basketball program signed three players to its 2006 recruiting class, announced Thursday by Iowa State head coach Wayne Morgan.

ISU's class features three incoming freshmen - Lawrence Westbrook, P'Allen Stinnett and Cory Johnson - who are all listed in the Rivals top 150 players in the nation. Westbrook is ranked No. 75, Stinnett is listed at No. 108 and Johnson is ranked 146th.

"We are very pleased with the class we signed for 2006," Morgan said. "We have three student-athletes who are great players and great students and we are excited for them to join us next year."


2006 ISU Recruit Capsules

P'Allen Stinnett
G, 6-3, 175, Freshman
Las Vegas, Nev. (Palo Verde)


High School: A quick guard with excellent shooting range...rated as the 108th-best player in the nation according to Rivals.com...one of the best players in Las Vegas, leading his squad to the state championship game the last two seasons...team won the state championship as a sophomore, going 30-6...team lost in the championship game as junior (22-8)..second in the state of Nevada in scoring as a junior (2005), averaging 27.6 ppg, 7.4 boards and 4.1 spg...connected on 45-of-115 treys...a first-team all-state, first-team all-region and first-team all-state selection...was named to the all-Southwest Region team...scored 35 points in Palo Verde's state semifinal win over Valley...hit four straight treys in a key 12-2 run that sparked the team to victory...scored a career-high 48 points vs. Green Valley...played for the Las Vegas Prospects AAU team coached by Anthony Brown.

Morgan on Stinnett: "P'Allen is an incredible talent and you can see that by watching the video of some of the games he has played in. He is also a smart young man and I think he will be a person that fans will really enjoy watching."


Cory Johnson
F, 6-7, 215, Freshman
Duluth, Minn. (East)


High School: A combo forward who is ranked No. 146 in the Rivals.com top-150 class of 2006...an excellent passer with a good midrange jumper who is considered one of the top players out of Minnesota...participated in the NIKE All-American camp in July...played for the Howard Pulley AAU team...was a first-team all-state selection as a junior by the St. Paul Pioneer Press...averaged 27.1 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 2004-05, as his Duluth East team finished the season at 21-5...team was ranked during most of the season...scored a career-high 49 points vs. Duluth Central...was the Duluth News Tribune 2005 Player of the Year...averaged 23.1 points and 8.2 rebounds as a sophomore, earning honorable mention all-state honors...has already passed the 2,000-point barrier and needs over 200 points to pass the school record in points held by former McDonald's All-American and NBA player Rick Rickert...chose Iowa State over Minnesota, Boston College and Creighton.

Morgan on Johnson: "Cory Johnson is someone who will help elevate the whole level of our program because he plays so hard. He has a very bright future in front of him and has a chance to be a great college player."


Lawrence Westbrook
G, 6-0,190, Freshman
Chandler, Ariz. (Chandler/Winchendon Prep {Mass.})


High School: A dynamic scorer, Westbrook led the nation in scoring in 2004-05 with a 40.1 ppg average...Rivals.com rates him as the 75th-best player in the nation and the 12th-best shooting guard...broke the Arizona single-season scoring record, a mark that stood for 41 years, finishing the year with 883 points in 22 games...shot 35 percent (68-193) from 3-point range and 83 percent (227-275) from the free-throw line...scored 40 or more points 14 times...tallied four 50-point games, including a season-high 57 points vs. Mesquite...averaged 26.0 ppg as a sophomore...is attending Winchendon Prep (Mass.) for his senior year, the same prep school as Cyclone Curtis Stinson...chose Iowa State over Memphis, Virginia, Colorado and Colorado State.

Morgan on Westbrook: "Lawrence is a pure scorer and any team needs a player like that. He is a young man who can flat out score the ball. He is strong, quick and a great athlete, which allows him to be able to execute all areas of the game."


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