Dominique Uhl believed he could play high-major college basketball. He also felt that wasn't going to happen if he stayed in Germany.
Jerrelle Reischel, Uhl's cousin, reached out to his younger relative. Reischel left Frankfort for Point Pleasant Beach (NJ) High School before accepting a scholarship to Rice. He has since transferred to Danny Hurley's Rhode Island team.
Uhl joined the Point Pleasant Beach program last season after moving from his Germany home. The 6-foot-8, 195-pound forward ran with the Jersey Shore Warriors this AAU season.
Uhl received the exposure he was missing in his homeland. With it came interest from college coaches.
"I came over (to the U.S.) for more basketball attention," Uhl said. "I was not being recruited at all in Germany. Just the fact that we have AAU here and college coaches see you. We don't have that in Germany. That is very helpful."
Tony Sagona coaches Uhl with the Warriors 17-U squad.
"He's a real high-character kid with great upside and quickness," Sagona said. "He can take people off of the dribble and shoot it. He's the reason for our team's great success."
Sagona has run the Warriors program for 35 years and has coached some excellent players. Two of them, Troy Murphy and Matt Carroll, were recruited to Notre Dame by current Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery, who also brought in Ryan Rossiter to Siena from the New Jersey AAU squad.
Uhl has connected with McCaffery. He also has spoke with assistant, Andrew Francis. The rising recruit has set up an official visit to Iowa for Sept. 19.
"I think they're great guys," Uhl said.
Uhl will be making his first trip to the Midwest, which he has heard is filled with a lot of farmers. He's looking forward to seeing Iowa for himself.
"Everybody has told me that it's a great school," Uhl said. "They have great facilities. They have shown a very high interest level.
"They have told me the same thing that Boston College and most schools tell me that they like my versatility and my upside."
Uhl has scheduled an official visit to Boston College for Sept. 5.
"I think it's a great program," Uhl said. "It's a great fit for me. The coaches there are recruiting me hard. They show me that they really want me.
"I talk to Coach (Steve) Donahue and the assistant coaches."
Uhl only has two visits set up but said he'd likely stop at more campuses. He said he would like to see Temple and Penn State.
"I want to go to a good basketball program but it should be a good academic school, too," said Uhl, who is undecided about a college major.
Colleges see Uhl as a three or step-out four at the next level.
"I need to get stronger," he said. "I'm going to keep working on my shot and my ball handling."
Uhl said school location would not factor into his college decision being as he's a long way from home already.
"I want to decide before the high school season starts but we'll see how it goes," Uhl said. "I want to sign in the early period (November)."