Dahlman Has Great Iowa City Visit

The Iowa Hawkeyes hosted one of the nation's top prospects this past weekend in the form of 6-foot-6, 170-pound shooting guard Isaiah Dahlman of Braham, Minnesota. Dahlman told us on Sunday night that he is down to three schools; Iowa, Michigan State and Minnesota. Learn more about his visit to Iowa City in this interview with Dahlman, rated the 28th best player in the class of 2006 by Scout.com...

The Iowa Hawkeyes hosted one of the nation's top prospects this past weekend in the form of 6-foot-6, 170-pound shooting guard Isaiah Dahlman of Braham, Minnesota.

Dahlman told us on Sunday night that he is down to three schools; Iowa, Michigan State and Minnesota.

This was not his first visit to Iowa City, but it was his official visit to the school.

"It was a great visit down to Iowa City," Dahlman said. "I have been down there a few other times, but when you get to make an official visit, it provides a more clear picture of what life would be like if I were to go there."

"I just couldn't believe how nice the players were. I have been to a lot of places, but these guys were just great. I know they have been through some hard times the last few years, where injuries and some other things have gotten to them. But these guys are very confident about the future, and very upbeat. That was great to see."

Dahlman was the College Basketball News' Player of the Year in Minnesota for 2004-2005, and he averaged nearly 30 points per game. He was selected to participate in USA Basketball's Development Festival. Current Hawkeyes Jeff Horner, Greg Brunner and JR Angle were each two-time participants in the Festival during their prep careers.

Dahlman's high school team finished the season 33-0 and was ranked in the USA Today's final national Top 20 poll. Dahlman also surpassed the 1,000-point mark during his sophomore season and he has an outside shot at 3,000 points for his prep career, as he nearly scored 1,000 as a junior.

Dahlman told us that he appreciates the brand of basketball that Iowa plays, as well as how interested they have been in him.

"I just like how they play, and Iowa has been recruiting me hard for a long time. I know that they really want me. I would say they have been recruiting me longer than anyone," said Dahlman, who has offers from the previous three schools plus Illinois, Boston College and Georgia Tech, among others.

"Adam Haluska was my host on the visit, but really, I got to spend time with several of the players. It was nice to spend a lot of time with him, as he would be at Iowa if I choose to go there."

Dahlman is a versatile guard and one of the best three-point shooters in the class of 2006.

"Iowa sees me playing the two position for them, and possibly even handling the ball. I think that is where a lot of schools see me." Dahlman said.

Being that his three finalists are all Big Ten schools, it begged the question if he grew up dreaming about playing in the ‘hometown' league?

"I would say my dream was to play division one. The three schools that I have come down to, I was just drawn to them. It was not like I set out to only consider Big Ten schools."

As for a timetable for when he might make his decision, Dahlman's words sounded quite genuine.

"I don't know. This is going to be really, really hard. All three schools are great, and I could see myself playing at any of them. I really don't know when I will decide."


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