Dime Talks About UW Commitment

Washington picked up their fifth commitment for the 2015 Men's Basketball recruiting class Monday when Malik Dime, a 6-foot-10, 220-pound post from Senegal, by way of Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa, made his plans known to the world via Twitter.

Dime committed to UW today about an hour ago. "I called coach Romar," Dime told Dawgman. "He was really excited about it. He told me to be ready to do a lot of big things."

Dime picked the Huskies over offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Cincinnati, Creighton, Iowa State, and Rutgers. There was a lot of pressure from those schools to make a decision, but Dime kept his cool.

"There was a lot of people calling me, but I handled it right," he said. "It wasn't a big problem for me. I already knew how it would be. I was prepared for that."

He officially visited during the weekend of the Stanford-UW football game, and even thought it was his first time even being on the west coast, it wasn't a deterrent in his recruitment to UW. In fact, it was just the opposite. "It was really fun. It was really loud out there too (in Husky Stadium). It was really loud. I really enjoyed it being out there."

So what was the final determination for Dime when he chose the Huskies? "I think the way they play and their tempo," he said. "They have great coaches, they have great players. One of my players from last year, Quevyn Winters, is actually there, and I love playing with him. School-wise, I'm going to be able to graduate on time."

What did Winters tell him about his time at UW so far? "He told me the players are really competitive and it's a great campus and everybody really looks out for their people," said Dime. "That's what you really need the most."

Dime also spoke to former UW player Aziz N'diaye, who is also from Senegal. "I actually talked to him on the phone a few times," he said of N'Diaye. "He's a great guy, he really is. He told me that it's a great school, they are great coaches and you really are going to reach your goals if you get in there. And I know he wouldn't lie to me, telling me something that wouldn't happen."

Dime will have two years to play two starting in 2015. He is on track to graduate from Indian Hills in November, and will arrive in Seattle in March after his basketball season in Iowa is over.

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