Basketball Recruiting Update

The sudden departure of Marcellus Sommerville from the Iowa basketball program has created an opportunity for another athlete. The Hawks are looking at several players, including this junior college athlete.

Nick Dewitz, 6-7 ½, 220, is a highly proficient combo forward from Mesa Community College in Mesa, Arizona. He could provide help for the Hawkeyes during the Big Ten this season because he plans on graduating in December and enrolling at a Division 1 school in January. This would give Nick three years of eligibility.

Nick currently has offer from Indiana, Iowa State, Fresno State, Oregon State and Wyoming. However, after a stellar performance at the Mullen JUCO Camp in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Dewitz began fielding phone calls from coaches around the country. Among the callers included coaches from Florida, Maryland and Florida State. Now you can add Steve Alford to the list of interested suitors.

A native of Chandler, Arizona, Dewitz played last year at Utah Valley State College in Orem, Utah. He quickly became known for his ability to step out and make shots. He started 27 of 31 games for the Utah Valley Wolverines. Playing about 19 minutes a game; he averaged 9.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists per contest.

He shot 47 per cent from the floor, including 37 percent from three-point land as a freshman. His free throw shooting needs a little work as he only hit 64 per cent from the charity line.

"I think that I am smart about the game," Nick said adding, "I try to do a little bit of everything. The weakest part of my game right now is probably my perimeter defense."

Therefore, the departure of Sommerville may have created an opportunity for this fine all-around athlete to play for the Hawks this basketball season.

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