Ahmad Wagner was scheduled to make an official visit to the University of Iowa campus on Sept. 6, then formulate a decision on his basketball future sometime after that.
But the Dayton, Ohio, area high school star decided he didn’t need to even see the place to know. He committed to the Hawkeyes on Sunday.
Wagner, a 6-foot-7, 215-pound forward at Wayne High School in Huber Heights, Ohio, became the third player to verbally commit to the Hawkeyes for 2015. He will be able to sign a letter of intent in November.
Iowa previously received commitments from 6-5 Brandon Hutton of Chicago De La Salle and 6-4 Nashville, Tenn., star Andrew Fleming, who plans to play for Oak Hill (Va.) Academy next winter.
Wagner averaged 13.8 points and 10 rebounds per game and shot 60 percent from the field last season for Wayne, which is coached by Travis Trice Sr., father of Michigan State guard Travis Trice Jr.
He averaged only 6.8 points and 3.8 rebounds this summer while playing for the All-Ohio Red AAU team, but is athletic enough to have played wide receiver for his high school football team the past two years. He plans to forego football this fall to focus on basketball.
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Wagner chose Iowa over Toledo and Minnesota.
"I've always flown under the radar," he said in an interview with 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."
Iowa has five scholarships available for the class of 2015 and is expected to get two more commitments, probably before the November signing period.