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Iowa men get hoops commitment from Ohio forward

[ 0 ] August 10, 2014 |

The Iowa basketball program has benefited greatly from Fran McCaffery’s decision to recruit forward Aaron White out of Ohio.

McCaffery hopes to have the same success with another forward from the Buckeye State.

Ahmad Wagner, a 6-foot-7 forward, committed to Iowa on Sunday. The Huber Heights, Ohio, native announced his commitment on Twitter and Instagram.

“First off, I would like to thank God for everything he has blessed me with,” Wagner said. “It’s been a long and fun Journey and I’ve enjoyed every step of the way.

“But I’m glad to say I will be spending my next 4 years at the University of Iowa as a Hawkeye!”

Wagner also reportedly had scholarship offers from Minnesota, Kent State, Bucknell, Texas Tech, Toledo and Wright State. He committed to Iowa despite never having visited the UI campus. He was scheduled to do that for the first time next month.

Wagner is the third high school senior-to-be to commit to Iowa’s 2015 recruiting class. He joins Brandon Hutton, a 6-5 forward from Chicago, and Andrew Fleming, a 6-4 shooting guard from Nashville, Tenn.

McCaffery still has two scholarships available for the 2015 class.

Evan Boudreaux, a 6-7 forward from Lake Forest, Ill., announced on Twitter on Friday that he plans to visit Iowa, Yale and Dartmouth. His visit to Iowa is scheduled for the weekend of Oct. 10-12.

Ranked as a three-star recruit by Scout.com, Boudreaux also reports scholarship offers from Iowa State, DePaul, Northwestern, Penn State and St. Louis.

Boudreaux is expected to have company on his visit, as 6-8 forward Samir Sehic is also scheduled to be in Iowa City the same weekend. Sehic, who lives in Houston, recently trimmed his list to six schools. In addition to Iowa, Sehic’s other finalists are Vanderbilt, Davidson, Wake Forest Notre Dame and Stanford.

Iowa is also expected to host 6-7 forward Ed Morrow on a visit this fall. Morrow, who attends Simeon High School in Chicago, is ranked as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com. He reportedly has more than a dozen scholarship offers.

NCAA rules prohibit college coaches from commenting publicly on a specific recruit before the recruit has signed a national letter of intent. The early signing period for basketball  is held in November. There is also a spring signing period in April.

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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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