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NEW YORK — Dom Uhl finally made up his mind on Wednesday night.
That’s when he knew.
The 6-foot-8 forward from Point Pleasant Beach (N.J.) knew he would be taking his talents to Iowa instead of Temple or Boston College.
“I’m going to attend the University of Iowa,” he said while announcing his decision in the SNY studios in Manhattan.
“It’s been tough. I like all three schools, they’ve been great. I just liked Coach [Fran] McCaffery a lot and I like the style of play, the facilities, everything.”
Ironically, 9 of 9 predictors on 247Sports.com had Uhl going to Temple.
While playing with coach Tony Sagona and the Jersey Shore Warriors, Uhl was shadowed for much of the summer by coaches from all three schools, including McCaffery and assistant Andrew Francis. He went to Iowa for an official visit Sept. 14.
“I like the campus, I like the size and I like the fan support,” he said. “They have great fans and I like the facilities. They have great facilities.”
A native of Frankfurt, Germany who has only been in the U.S. for about a year, Uhl joins three-star shooting guard Brady Ellingson in Iowa’s 2014 class.
“They see me as a three, but maybe four if I play against small defenders,” Uhl said. “They like my skillset, that I can handle the ball and shoot it, too.”
Uhl helped Point Pleasant Beach win the New Jersey Group 1 state title last season by averaging 10 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocks.
“Dom’s got tremendous upside,” Point Pleasant Beach coach Nick Catania told SNY.tv. “He’s going to continue to get stronger, he’s going to continue to get more skilled and continue to put on weight and size. He has a chance to be an impact player at Iowa. They’re looking for him to come in right away and play for them and help their team.
“He’s more of a true three but with the offense they run, it doesn’t really matter if he’s a three or four. He’ll take advantage of mismatches similar to what he does in high school. If they guard him small, he’ll post. If they guard him big, he’ll go by. And that’s the biggest strength is his versatility, along with his quickness.
“The other thing colleges love about him is you can switch pick-and-roll with him because he can guard 1 through 5. He knows how to guard the post, he’s quick enough laterally to help guard the perimeter.
“That’s one of the things that’s going to help him get on the floor at Iowa.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.