From the Desert to the Heartland
Even though he was a qualifier academically coming out of high school, Dewitz made the decision to attend Utah Valley State Junior College to continue his basketball career. As a freshman, he started 27 of 31 games and averaged 9.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game helping the Wolverines to a 21-10 record.
Everything changed for the better this past summer however, after his performance at Jerry Mullen's Junior College Showcase in Tulsa, OK. Dewitz left the showcase knowing that he was going to play college basketball at a high major division one school, the only question left to answer was for whom?
That question was answered last Wednesday as Dewitz officially signed his national letter of intent to play for the Iowa Hawkeyes next season.
Dewitz had a field of schools to choose from as Iowa, Florida State, Indiana, Fresno State, Maryland, Oregon State and Wyoming all were interested in his services. Oregon State assistant coach Jeff Reinert had coached Dewitz during his freshman season at Utah Valley State, and it seemed as though that might give the Beavers an inside track on signing the power forward. However, once Dewitz finished taking his five official visits this past fall, he knew there was only one place he belonged, and that was with the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Dewitz visited Iowa during the weekend of Midnight Madness (October 11th-12th), and saw first hand how the fans of the Hawkeyes embrace their team and the players. "On the plane ride home, I knew this was where I wanted to go," Dewitz said. "The Hawkeyes are everything for those people back in Iowa, and I love how they live and die for them."
Dewitz had this to say about Coach Alford and the Hawkeye program. "I think they put a lot of time into this. They wanted me pretty bad and I could tell that weekend. I know what they need and I think I can go in there and have a major impact. That was the major factor," Dewitz said. "And, the players were great and they treated me like I was part of the family. They have a young coaching staff, and Coach Alford is a great coach to learn from."
Since Dewitz was a qualifier coming out of high school he will have three years of eligibility remaining. He is currently taking classes at Mesa Community College in Arizona this fall, and will officially join the Hawkeyes when the second semester of school begins in January. Dewitz will practice with the Hawkeyes the rest of this season, and will be eligible to play at the start of the 2003-04 season.
Welcome to the Hawkeye family Nick!