Ahmad Wagner has never stepped foot onto the University of Iowa campus. But that didn’t stop him from committing to the Iowa men’s basketball team this weekend.
Wagner’s official visit to Iowa City was scheduled for Sept. 6, according to hawkeyeinsider.com’s Rob Howe. But once Wagner knew Iowa was firmly in front of the rest he decided to end the process.
"It all comes down to trust. I trust what the coaches have told me; what they told me about the school and the atmosphere and the people there,” said Wagner to hawkeyeinsider.com. “I believe that they're going to be my coaches for the next four years. I have to believe them. I trust them 100 percent of the way. I believe it's going to be fine when I go up there. I have no doubts in my mind.”
Wagner chose the Hawkeyes over Minnesota and Texas Tech. He also had offers from Bucknell, Kent State, Toledo and Wright State, while West Virginia also had interest but never extended an offer.
"I've always flown under the radar," Wagner told hawkeyeinsider.com. "I've never been the one that the interviewers go to or get all the publicity, but it really doesn't matter to me. I'm just a guy looking to help the team win. If I need to be a superstar that day, I'll be a superstar. If I need to be a role player, then I'll be a role player. I'm going to try to help my team win."
Wagner is a 6-foot-5, 190-pound small forward who is ranked as a three-star prospect on scout.com.
Wagner, who hails from Wagner Heights, Ohio, had an official visit scheduled with Toledo but cancelled it after committing to Iowa.
"It's a big weight off my shoulder,” said Wagner. “It's a humbling experience going through this recruiting process. It's long, it's tiring. But it's also fun and rewarding.”
Six-foot-4 shooting guard Andrew Fleming and 6-6 small forward Brandon Hutton also have committed to the program.
The Hawkeyes are set to lose Josh Oglesby, Aaron White and Gabe Olaseni as well as walk-ons Kyle Denning and Okey Ukah after next season.