Uhl Picks Iowa

Dominique Uhl announced Friday morning that he verbally committed to Iowa ahead of offers from Boston College and Temple.

Iowa landed its second verbal commitment in the 2014 class when Point Pleasant Beach (NJ) forward Dominique Uhl announced his decision to become a Hawkeye. You can watch him make this choice HERE.

The 6-foot-8 Uhl officially visited Iowa City last month. He joined Wisconsin guard Brady Ellingson in the Hawkeyes' Class of 2014.

"The coaches were the main reason I chose Iowa," Uhl said. "I like the chance to develop my game there. I like the facilities, the fans, the atmosphere, it's just the total package."

Uhl chose the Hawkeyes ahead of his other two finalists, Temple and Boston College.

"It was a very tough decision," he said. "I liked those other schools a lot. It just came down to a gut feeling and what I felt was the best place for me among those schools."

Uhl called Fran McCaffery around 9 a.m. Friday morning to give him the good news. He said the Iowa coach nearly jumped through the phone.

"He was really excited," Uhl said. "He told me that he was just glad to have me as a part of the program and looked forward to working with me."

Uhl left Germany for New Jersey before his junior year of high school with a dream of playing major college basketball. He spoke with us extensively about that decision HERE. HERE you can read about his official visit to Iowa last month.

"It definitely feels good to see the hard work pay off and reach one of the goals I've worked for my whole life," Uhl said. "It feels awesome. It's also a relief to have my choice made and know where I'm going."

Uhl is a skilled 6-8, 200 pounds. If he continues on his current development curve, the Jersey Shore Warriors AAU product could give Iowa a frontcourt player in the mold of Aaron White and Jarrod Uthoff.

"I think I bring versatility," he said. "I can take people off of the dribble, shoot it and handle it."

With Uhl and Ellingson in the fold, McCaffery has two available scholarships to hand out in the 2014 Class. Tory Miller and Jackson Forbes are possibilities after officially visiting last month. Iowa also is scouting junior college point guard Trey Dickerson this weekend.

The early signing period for binding national letters of intent begins Nov. 13 and lasts a week. The spring period runs from April 16-May 21.

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