Dominique Uhl stood up tall in the lobby of the North Liberty Community Center, ripe with his German roots.
The accent was there.
Questions about his upcoming freshman year at Iowa came eventually, but not before some soccer talk. The Pleasant Beach, N.J., recruit is originally from Germany, and all of his focus early Thursday was on his native land’s World Cup match with the United States.
“Everybody was tweeting at me, kind of coming after me, but I was confident that Germany would win,” Uhl said. “I’m glad they are both in the second round, though.”
Uhl arrived in Iowa City a couple weeks ago, ready to begin play in the Prime Time League, in which he played his second game Thursday night. The 6-8 forward scored nine points while pulling down seven rebounds as the Aaron White led Culver’s/McCurry’s team defeated Uhl’s Marion Iron Company/Vinton Merchants 105-90.
The strong output from Uhl wasn’t too surprising.
The highly regarded recruit was widely considered as one of the ten best prospects in New Jersey. Plus, Iowa point guard Mike Gesell is also on the same PTL roster. Gesell and Uhl were able to space the floor for Marion Iron Company/Vinton Merchants with ease. Gesell scored 25 points on 10-of-20 shooting.
Also impressive, Uhl’s lack of hesitation when going up against a senior in White.
“Dom’s going to be a terrific player here,” Gesell said. “I’ve already seen flashes of very good play from him. Today, what I really liked was that he went after Whitey. That’s great to see from a freshman.
“He just went right at a senior. Sometimes you back down as the younger guy, but he went right at him and I think he’s going to continue to improve. He’s still learning the ropes, he’s still young, and he’s going to get a lot better.”
While likely to play either small forward or power forward for Fran McCaffery, Uhl took the ball up the court a few times Thursday, showcasing his versatility.
There is a certain international sway to his game.
“Big guys here, they play in the post,” Uhl said. “When I started playing basketball (in Germany), they taught me to play mostly wing spots, so I always worked a lot on ball handling and my shot. It definitely influences my game.”
Whatever the style, Uhl is already finding his way, getting closer to putting on the Black and Gold for real this fall.
“Dom’s a great talent,” White said. “I didn’t know a lot about him until this past week working out with him. Good size on him, but he’s more of an outside player and likes working in different spots like you saw tonight. He’s a young kid and everything’s new to him, but you can tell he’s soaking everything up.”
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