With all the fuss over how talented this current team is, nobody has shed any light on the two recruits Fran McCaffery has signed to bring to Iowa City next year. I mean don’t get me wrong, I get it, but I’m willing to bet that not a lot of you could tell me who these two guys are. Well, I’m going to fix that.
Dominique Uhl is a 6’7″ power forward out of Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey. According to ESPN.com, Uhl is a 3 star recruit and he was given a grade of 74. I know that 74 doesn’t look pretty, but Peter Jok was a 76 grade coming out of Des Moines and we all know how helpful he has been.
Uhl’s story is actually an interesting one. He grew up over in Frankfurt, Germany, but decided that he would move over to the states to gain some more exposure. He settled on New Jersey because he had another friend from Germany who lived there. Uhl talked about his decision to come over to the states about two months ago with SNY.tv’s Adam Zagoria.
“I always wanted to play college basketball and I wanted to get a good education too, those are the main reasons.” – Dominique Uhl, sny.tv
Uhl is a very long athlete who has the ability to get to the rim off the bounce. He can also step out and hit a shot behind the arc if necessary. He’s an intelligent player that knows what is expected of him night in and night out. Right now Uhl reminds me a lot of Jarrod Uthoff. Uthoff has those long arms which make it tough for defenders to box him out and he also has the ability to get to the rim and shoot the three.
The only knock on Uhl is, he doesn’t handle contact very well. When guys start to get up in his grill and push him around is when he starts to struggle. Maturing and hitting the weight room will help that problem.
I see Uhl as a three guard and a stretch four when smaller defenders are covering him. I also expect him to contribute right away.
Brady Ellingson is a 6’3″ shooting guard out of Menomonie, Wisconsin. According to ESPN.com, Ellingson is a two star recruit with an overall grade of 65. While Ellingson may not look spectacular on paper, he does a lot of things well.
He is a very good shooter. He is a player that needs to be guarded wherever he is on the flloor. He has the ability to step out and hit big baskets from deep in three point land. While he may not have breathtaking quickness, his shot faking ability is another strength that makes it OK to not be particularly quick. He’s an average ball handler and sometimes struggles when faced with a lot of defensive pressure.
Unlike Uhl, I expect Ellingson will need more time to get adjusted to the game. However, the ability to shoot the ball can always help you earn floor time.
These guys aren’t going to blow you away on paper, but with how talented and loaded this Hawkeye roster is now, it gives these two a little time to develop. So, no pressure fellas.