Malik Dime couldn’t count the number of times he’s been in Ames for various unofficial visits, making the 90-minute-or-so drive from Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa.
One certainty is that Dime, a 6-foot-10 forward with an Iowa State offer, will return to Ames on Saturday to make his official visit. He is also certain that the weekend visit will be just the beginning of his recruitment tour.
“I’m taking all of my five visits,” Dime told AllCyclones.com.
Dime also plans to make visits to Kansas, Rutgers, Arkansas and Washington. He reports that all four schools have extended offers, and Washington has the distinction of former ISU assistant T.J. Otzelberger being on staff.
After making various visits to Ames in the past — including to Jack Trice Stadium for the Iowa game last fall — Dime said his official visit will now encompass the entire experience, allowing him to finally meet the whole team.
“I’m going to get to meet all the players,” Dime said. “All the [other] times I came in there, there were about two or three players. So I’ll get to meet everybody, meet all the staff and meet the academic people and the fans.”
Dime scored 7.7 points per game on 65.3 percent shooting and grabbed 4.2 rebounds in 30 contests last season while also blocking 88 shots.
Iowa State currently has two former Indian Hills players on roster in Dustin Hogue and Jameel McKay, who transferred to Marquette after his time in Ottumwa before quickly transferring to Iowa State.
Dime said being from Indian Hills doesn’t impact any decision. Rather, he is interested in the style of basketball, which compares closely to the style he currently plays east of Ames at Indian Hills.
“They get up and going, spread the floor, and that’s the type of basketball I love to play,” Dime said. “They share the ball [and] they play together.”
He also likes Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg.
“He’s a great guy,” Dime said. “He's not only a basketball coach, but a life coach. He always makes sure he teaches the players the right thing to do not only on the court, but off the court, too, later on in life. He will always be there for them.”
The Cyclones currently have two scholarships available for the 2015-16 season.