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Willie Atwood picks Arizona State over Iowa, Florida State

[ 0 ] April 24, 2014 |

The package deal that junior college point guard Trey Dickerson had talked so enthusiastically about since committing to Iowa in March is a no-go.

Dickerson’s hopes of playing on the same team as Willie Atwood ended on Thursday when the 6-foot-8 Atwood picked Arizona State over Iowa and Florida State.

Atwood visited all three schools this spring, beginning with Iowa on the final weekend of March. He visited Florida State on the weekend of April 10 and Arizona State this past weekend.

Atwood and Dickerson had talked about playing together in college as sort of a package deal, according to Dickerson, who attends Williston State College in North Dakota. Dickerson had been trying to convince Atwood to join him at Iowa since committing to the Hawkeyes on March 8.

Willie Atwood

Willie Atwood

Atwood earned third-team All-America accolades at Connors State College in Oklahoma as a sophomore this past season. Dickerson also earned third-team recognition as a freshman.

With Atwood now headed elsewhere, Iowa coach Fran McCaffery still has two scholarships available for the 2014 recruiting class.

Cole Huff, a 6-8 forward, has a chance to fill that scholarship after recently receiving an Iowa offer. Huff is looking for a new school after playing his freshman and sophomore seasons at Nevada. He averaged 12 points per game and shot 40.3 percent from 3-point range this past season.

Huff is scheduled to visit Creighton this weekend, Iowa on the weekend of May 2 and Dayton on the weekend of May 9, according to his AAU coach Clint Parks. Michigan, Nebraska and Southern California also have shown interest in Huff.

High school senior forward Dominique Uhl and high school senior guard Brady Ellingson both signed a national letter of intent with Iowa during the early signing period in November.

NEW HOOPS OFFER: Barely a month after leading Dubuque Wahlert to the Class 3A state title as a sophomore, Cordell Pemsl has achieved another milestone.

The 6-7 Pemsl received a scholarship offer from Iowa on Wednesday. He is expected to visit the UI campus Thursday with his mother in order to meet with McCaffery, according to Hawkeye Insider.com.

“He’s very versatile,” Wahlert coach Tom English said. “He can do a lot of things on the court. He can play inside or with his back to the basket. He can face up. He can put the ball on the floor. He can shoot it. He’s a very good passer. He knows the game well. He just has a lot of different skills that he brings to the table for a 6-7 kid, who hopefully, is still growing.”

Pemsl averaged 15.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game as a sophomore this past season while leading Wahlert to a 23-4 record. Wahlert also defeated eventual Class 4A state champion West High during the regular season.

Category: Iowa Hawkeyes men's basketball

About Pat Harty: Columnist Pat Harty has been covering the Iowa Hawkeyes for the Press-Citizen since 1991. Originally from Des Moines, he currently writes columns and covers Hawkeye men's basketball for Hawk Central. View author profile.

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