Nick Dewitz Joins Iowa Basketball Program

IOWA CITY, IA - - Nick DeWitz has enrolled at the University of Iowa and will join Iowa's men's basketball program for the second semester. DeWitz will begin competition during the 2003-04 season and will have three years of eligibility.

DeWitz (6-8, 215) is a forward who is a native of Chandler, AZ. He attended Utah Valley State College for one season following his prep career at Dobson HS in Mesa, AZ. He attended Mesa, AZ Community College during the 2002 fall semester.

At Utah Valley State, DeWitz averaged 9.3 points and 4.7 rebounds in 31 games during the 2001-02 season. He connected on 36 three-point field goals while collecting 50 assists, 34 blocked shots and 26 steals. He was named as UVSC's Most Improved Player at the completion of the season.

DeWitz is regarded as one of the top junior college power forwards in the nation by several national recruiting services, including FutureStars.

As a prep at Dobson HS, DeWitz earned all-state recognition and was nominated for McDonald's all-America honors as a senior. He averaged 17 points, five rebounds and three blocked shots per game, leading his team to a 28-3 record. Dobson advanced to the semi-finals in the state tournament.

"Nick is a very positive addition to our program," said Iowa Coach Steve Alford. "He is a versatile player who can play a number of positions. Having him practice with our team during the second half of the season will allow him to adjust to our system and be ready to contribute at the beginning of next season."

Iowa has two seniors on its current roster, guards Chauncey Leslie and Josh Kimm, and signed three players during the early signing period last fall.

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