There are hundreds, if not thousands, of college coaches scouring the United States from coast-to-coast in search of prospective student-athletes. It’s a multi-million dollar industry with immense competition.Five Iowa State coaches have identified another fertile recruiting area outside of our nation to the north. Canada. Our neighbor to the north was the birthplace of six current Cyclones. The quality of the six Canadian-born Cyclones is pretty impressive. The men’s basketball team boasts two Canadian-born players in Melvin Ejim (Toronto, Ontario) and Naz Long (Mississauga, Ontario). Ejim, of course, is the current Big 12 leader in rebounding and “double doubles.” Long has played sparingly as a true freshman, but his potential has the staff excited. Paul Rhoads’ football team last fall included starting tackle Cleyon Laing (Edmonton, Alberta). Laing was a mainstay on the defensive front, starting all 13 games and recording three sacks. He’ll get a look from pro scouts this spring. Ian Warner (Markham, Ontario) made the Canadian Olympic team last summer as a sprinter. He finished second last week in the 60-meter dash at the Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Championship in Ames. Gymnast Camille Santerre-Gervais (St. Lazare, Quebec) is one of the Big 12’s premiere bars specialists having tallied a 9.9 score on the apparatus three times in her career. Sarah Hawryluk, a junior outfielder (Spruce Grove, Alberta), went into the weekend batting above .400 with a team-best 17 hits. Canada has been pretty good to the Cyclones. It is a pipeline worth keeping open.
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