Lohaus to UNI

After receiving five scholarship offers during July, Iowa City West High guard Wyatt Lohaus verbally committed to Northern Iowa.

The starting backcourt that helped Iowa City West High win a state championship in March will be reuniting at Norther Iowa in a few years.

Wyatt Lohaus, the point guard, announced his verbal commitment to to the Panthers on Friday. Two guard Jeremy Morgan pledged his allegiance to UNI in late June.

"Before I went there (to Northern on a Wednesday visit), I had a feeling I liked them more than any of the other schools," Lohaus said of the Panthers. "The visit proved what I already thought.It's a good fit. I trust the coaches. I'm comfortable with the players."

Lohaus, the son of Hawkeye and NBA alum Brad, reported four other scholarship offers in addition to UNI - Rice, Northern Colorado State, South Dakota and San Francisco. Here's my story on his flurry offers from the July evaluation period.

While Morgan is a member of the 2013 recruiting class (going to be a senior at West), Lohaus only is entering his junior year if high school.

Bigger schools, like his dad's alma mater, were showing interest in Lohaus. He didn't feel the need to wait on them.

"That was another thing (the family) talked about," Lohaus said. "We talked about it being early; would I regret it if other schools called you after you committed. The answer is no."

Morgan was a bonus. His father, Michael Morgan, also played at Iowa.

"I'm close to Jeremy," Lohaus said. "I really like playing with him. We're good friends."

Morgan and Lohaus play AAU with the Iowa Barnstormers. Another member of that outfit, Klint Carlson ('13 from Waverly-Shell Rock High), will be walking on at UNI for his redshirt year before being put on scholarship.

As was mentioned in my previous story, Lohaus is hoping for a growth spurt but not obsessed with it. Brad is a 7-footer.

"I used to think about it a little," he said."I don't really think about it much anymore. My skills are at a place where I don't really need to grow.

"I'm going to keep working on my skills so it doesn't matter what my height is."

Apparently, the Panthers felt the same way.

"I've been watching them since I was little," Lohaus said. "I knew they had a great program. I just knew that the time was right and that this was a good place for me."

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