Cyclones ink Greek center, add a transfer

AMES – Iowa State says it has signed 7-foot-1 Greek center Georgios Tsalmpouris to a letter of intent, while another transfer has announced his intentions to join the Cyclones.

Tsalmpouris, who doesn’t turn 18 until next month, is a member of Greece’s national team. Tsalmpouris will be just the seventh 7-foot player in school history, and he’ll be eligible to play starting next season.

Former Oregon State guard Hallice Cooke said he plans to sign with Iowa State. Cooke averaged 8.2 points per game while shooting 46 percent from 3-point range as a freshman in 2013-14. He’ll sit out next season and have three years of eligibility left.

Cooke, a 6-foot-3 combo guard from Union City, N.J., tells The Associated Press that he built a strong relationship with Iowa State’s players during a visit earlier this month and that the opportunity to join a winning program and play for coach Fred Hoiberg factored into his decision.

Tsalmpouris and 6-foot-9 center Jameel McKay should help provide Iowa State with the post presence it lacked at times last season. But it’s unclear if Tsalmpouris will redshirt or be ready to contribute as a freshman.

Cyclones coach Fred Hoiberg says Tsalmpouris fits Iowa State’s style of play because he can run the floor and shoot from the perimeter.