Dewitz a Hawkeye!

Great news to report about Iowa Basketball! Chris Monter of College Basketball News reports that the Hawks just beat Indiana and Florida State for Nick Dewitz. He is the nation's top JUCO player according to some services.

Nick Dewitz, the 6-7 ½ WF from Mesa CC has surrendered to Steve Alford. Nick has an excellent all around game and is a welcome addition to the Hawkeye Basketball program. Dewitz will enroll in Iowa in January. He will practice with the team and use this year as a redshirt year. Nick will have three years of eligibility starting in the fall of 2003. Dewitz is the third member of the class of 2003. He joins Ben Rand and Mike Henderson as players beginning their careers at Iowa next year.

According to Chris Monter of College Basketball News, "6-8 Sophomore Forward Nick DeWitz, who saw his recruitment go through the roof after a strong showing at the annual Jerry Mullen Junior College Showcase in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has announced that he will play next season at Iowa. He had his official visit there this past weekend. Dewitz visited Indiana September 7th and was at Florida State September 21st."

Now the Iowa staff can go for an additional big man. It is assumed that Erek Hansen will be back to Iowa next fall after spending a year at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids. Therefore, the Hawks may forego any further players as Hansen would give them four players in the class. The NCAA 5/8 rule applies now so the Hawks could take four more players in the 2004 class. However, if the Hawks need further depth inside, Maurice Shaw would appear to be the next most logical target for Hawkeye recruiters.

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