Bryce Dejean-Jones Talks Iowa State Pledge

Head inside as Bryce Dejean-Jones talks about his commitment to Iowa State and why he didn't want to wait to check out Arizona State next weekend

Saturday afternoon, Bryce Dejean-Jones planned on taking his time.

Sunday morning, the UNLV transfer knew he couldn't wait any longer, eschewing a trip to Arizona State and committing to Iowa State on the spot.

"It just felt like it it couldn't get any better than there," Dejean-Jones told AllCyclones.com on Sunday.

Karen and Eric Hoiberg served up a country breakfast Sunday morning at the home of their son, head ISU coach Fred Hoiberg. Eggs, bacon, toast, pound cake.

"We were basically just having breakfast and I was leaving," Dejean-Jones said, "And I didn't want to. Kind of just let him know [I was committing], at that moment, before I left for the airport."

Over the course of the weekend, Dejean-Jones got a feel for what his role would be with the Cyclones, who are coming off an appearance in the Sweet Sixteen.

UNLV's leading scorer last season at 13.6 points per game, Dejean-Jones will help make up for the losses of DeAndre Kane and Melvin Ejim while serving as the No. 2 option behind Georges Niang.

"They see me being effective with their team," Dejean-Jones said. "They kind of showed me clips of how they played DeAndre last year. It just felt very comfortable.

"And the skill level of all the guys on the team is very high."

Dejean-Jones' father, Walter Dejean, told AllCyclones.com on Thursday that Auburn and LSU were interested as well and that over 17 schools had reached out to him alone.

A visit to Arizona State had been planned and Auburn and LSU were final contenders — as were a few unnamed schools that played deep into the NCAA tourney and are just getting around to contacting transfers — but Dejean-Jones and his family felt the Cyclones were the top option.

"Getting to meet the guys, the coaches, understanding what the program's about, the fan support, it was just very exciting," he said. "I felt very comfortable about Iowa State."

A member of the 2010 class, Dejean-Jones was a four-star by Scout.com and the No. 14 small forward in his class. He played a season at Southern Cal before transferring to UNLV.

Dejean-Jones led the Running Rebels with 13.6 points per game last season while shooting 32.3 percent from three-point range, but Dave Rice's club struggled to a 20-13 record. Dejean-Jones was suspended for the regular season finale.

Hoiberg is no stranger to taking on transfers with baggage, having in enjoyed great success in particular from Royce White and DeAndre Kane.

Dejean-Jones will be immediately eligible this upcoming fall assuming he takes care of business in his final few weeks of classes at UNLV. The Cyclones now have two available scholarships for the upcoming season. They'll assuredly use one, most likely on a transfer, and could save the other for Jameel McKay-type situations.

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