The weekend visit for big man Malik Dime was quite possibly more of a formality than anything else.
Dime, a 6-foot-10 forward with an Iowa State offer, had already been to Ames so many times for unofficial visits that he couldn’t count them all. His official visit during the weekend simply provided a refresher and a chance to meet with the academic staff for the first time.
“The only difference was meeting the academic people,” Dime said. “Otherwise, I knew everything else that was going on.”
A decision for Dime is not expected to come quickly. The Indian Hills forward told AllCyclones.com on Sunday upon his return to Ottumwa that he still plans to make his other four official visits. Those will be to Kansas, Rutgers, Washington and Arkansas, and Dime says all four schools have offered.
“I’ve got to take all of them to see what I’m going to get at the end,” Dime said. “Just compare how the school is going to be, how I’m going to fit the style they play and all of that.”
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 holds the luxury of having two former Indian Hills players on its roster in big men Jameel McKay and Dustin Hogue. Dime said Sunday that McKay had talked to him some about Iowa State, and the rest of the team gave him input during his weekend visit, too.
“They told me great things about the coaching staff, about the fans,” Dime said. “[Coach Hoiberg] was telling me they were really great people, so everything they said was true.”
Iowa State has two scholarships available for the 2015-16 season. Dime said he would like to potentially attend some basketball games this winter.