Dahlman Dishes About Final Three

Isaiah Dahlman, a 6-foot-6 junior forward from Braham (MN) High, is considered one of the top players in the Class of 2006. He has narrowed his list of schools to three. College Basketball News caught up with Dahlman to find the latest on his recruitment.

Isaiah Dahlman, College Basketball News' choice for Minnesota Player of the Year, averaged 28 points and six boards per game for the two-time defending Class 2A champ Bombers, who finished the season 33-0 and were ranked #17 in USA Today's Super 25 rankings by Chris Lawlor. Braham has won its last 58 games in a row.

Dahlman is an athletic player with a good outside touch. He needs to continue to get stronger, but has the ability to play both the shooting guard and small forward spots.

Dahlman had planned a visit to Michigan State May 6, but the family van broke down, forcing them to postpone their official visit until the fall. Dahlman did visit Iowa the following week, where his good visit moved them to the forefront. Dahlman said that he will not make to make an official visit to Minnesota, since "I know the school so well."

Dahlman had a hectic summer, which caused some observers to feel that he played too much. He will finish his summer play with the Howard Pulley Panthers AAU team at the Super Showcase in Orlando this weekend and the Price Chopper Invitational in Kansas City next week.

Dahlman plans to play football again this season. He was a standout wide receiver, although he will miss quarterback (and standout guard on the basketball team) Josh Vaughan, who signed with North Dakota State.

Dahlman is hoping to lead the Bombers to a third straight Class AA state title. They will play in the Timberwolves Shootout at the Target Center for the second straight year.

When are you planning a visit to Michigan State?

"I am planning to go up there the first week of school. I think that I will leave after the football game. I'll drive up with my mom and dad."

How about your play this summer? How do you think that you have done? I know that you were kind of up and down at the Nike All-American Camp. In fact, your best game was probably during the All-Star game.

"I felt that I improved every game. The first game I was really tired from the tournament before, being at the NBA Camp. But, my play has gotten better throughout the summer and at the Nike Camp, game by game, I got better."

You played a lot this summer. You were at the Nike Skills Academy in Portland, The Olympic Developmental Festival in San Diego, the NBA Players Association Camp in Richmond, the Nike All-American Camp in Indianapolis and the Nike Peach Jam in Augusta. Do you think that you played a little too much, that it took a little too much out of you?

"It definitely does wear you down. But, the thing at Portland that was not really about playing, it was about getting better. That really improved me. I went straight from there to the NBA Camp. That was more about playing compared to Portland, where you were playing against 18 of the top players in the country. Ever since Portland, I think that my game has stepped up a little bit. I stepped up my game at Nike and at the Peach Jam, I did not get to do much, due to a high ankle sprain. I really feel like I improved a lot since the beginning of the summer until now."

How would you rate the three schools? Do you have an order?

"No. One thing that I have done through this whole process just to make it easier, is to not have a favorite, not have an order. That has made it a lot easier. Some people have favorites and that gets screwed up with schools saying that they should be first. I kind of think that it is best to keep them all there. I cut my list to three schools and they are all right there."

What do you like about Michigan State?

"I talk to coach Izzo a lot. He is the one who has recruited me through the entire process. I took my unofficial there. It was a great campus. The facilities are great. The reason that I am taking my official visit is to meet the players. That is the one thing that I have not done. "

What about Iowa?

"Great players. I felt so comfortable with those players there."

What about the Gophers?

"I have never seen a program turn around so quick. That just tells me that they are going in the right direction. I know all the players."

Do you ever think about how you would fit in with Michigan State or with Iowa or Minnesota?

"You always have to think about how you fit in. Every school is different. Whatever school has you at that time, whatever fits you best, that's what you have to do."

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