The Hawkeyes invited the 6-foot-7, 220-pounder twice to campus in the last month and he accepted. Coach Fran McCaffery has traveled to Dubuque to watch the Class of 2016 prospect at open gyms.
"(McCaffery) loves the way that I play and thinks I would fit in great with their style of play," Pemsl said. "He said I'm a well-rounded person in general. He really has said good things about me and the chances for me playing for Iowa."
Pemsl, who already holds a scholarship offer from Creighton, visited the Hawkeyes in early August before the team left for a European trip. He returned on Saturday for the football opener against Northern Illinois.
"At the game, the atmosphere was crazy," Pemsl said. "The players and coaches also greeted me and sat around me. It was great."
The Hawkeyes made Pemsl feel at ease during his first unofficial visit.
"I was able to watch the team practice days before heading to Europe," he said. "After practice, they showed me the weight room facilities, locker rooms, coaches offices, Carver-Hawkeye (Arena) and introduced me to the players.
"It was a great place. At the practice, they worked hard and had a great work ethic. All coaches pushed them to do their best. The coaches are all great guys and are well educated on the game and in general."
"I'm for sure looking for a place where I can get a good degree," Pemsl said. "I want a place I like and feel comfortable in that's in a good location."
It's still very early in the Pemsl's recruitment but Iowa is showing him qualities he seeks in a college.
"I think I would fit great into their system with the way they push the ball up the floor and spread their bigs in their offense," Pemsl said.