It’s official: Omaha Biliew is a Cyclone.
The five-star power forward announced his decision to commit to the Iowa State basketball program Tuesday during halftime of the West Coast Elite 17U vs. Compton Magic 17U basketball game on ESPN.
“There’s one special place that sticks to me, to my heart, and I’m just glad that it’s here at home. Go Cyclones,” Biliew said before unzipping his jacket, revealing am Iowa State shirt underneath.
“What was it about heading to Ames?,” one of the broadcasters asked.
“It’s just home,” he replied. “I’ve always dreamed of playing at this college basketball level, and Iowa State was one of the main schools that always stuck with me. I always felt like I was destined to come here. It was just a place where I could cement my legacy there.”
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Biliew said the coaching staff, specifically head coach T.J. Otzelberger, played a huge factor in his commitment.
“What makes T.J. so special to me is he’s 100% real,” Biliew explained. “He’s a real, genuine person… he always told me what I could do at Iowa State, and I trusted in his vision.
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Biliew, who most recently played for Link Academy in Branson, Missouri, won a state championship with Waukee in 2021 alongside high school standouts Tucker DeVries, Payton Sandfort and Pryce Sandfort.
247Sports ranks Biliew as the 14th-best prospect nationally for the 2023 class, the sixth-best power forward and the top player in Missouri. Rivals lists him at No. 18 nationally and the third-best player at his position for his class.
According to 247Sports, Biliew holds offers from Iowa State, Kansas, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Tennessee, Texas Tech and Western Kentucky. Memphis and Kentucky are two other programs to have reportedly shown interest, too.
Biliew’s decision came down to playing college ball at Iowa State, Oregon and Kansas or taking his talents to the NBA G-League.
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Adam Hensley is a digital producer with the USA Today Network. You can follow him on Twitter @A_Hens83 or reach him at email@example.com.