Josh Verlin (@jmverlin)
College coaches flocked to the court by the dozens any time the Jersey Shore Warriors’ 17U squad took the court during the April recruiting periods, and a large part of that was due to Dominique Uhl.
It doesn’t take long to notice the 6-foot-8 Germany native, who made his first U.S. appearances last summer but saw his stock take a huge jump after the two weekends in April when Division I coaches can watch AAU tournaments.
After last weekend’s Philly Hoop Group Jam Fest, Uhl–who plays his high school ball for Pt. Pleasant Beach (N.J.)–landed his first high-major offer this week when Boston College of the ACC extended a scholarship, joining schools like George Mason, Fairfield, LIU-Brooklyn and Manhattan.
“They have a guy from Germany too [sophomore G Patrick Heckmann], and I’ve played him a few times in Germany, they were in our division,” Uhl told CoBL by phone on Friday. “I think it’s a great school, they’re in the ACC.”
Uhl mentioned Temple along with Rider and Columbia as schools he’s likely to visit this month. However, Warriors coach Tony Sagona thinks Uhl is destined for at least the Atlantic 10 level, if not higher.
“Fairfield’s offered and Manhattan’s offered, there are so many schools that have offered but…I don’t think they’re going to get him,” Sagona told CoBL by phone on Friday.
It’s certainly going to be difficult for some of those mid-majors if some of the other programs interested in the versatile wing extend offers of their own.
“Notre Dame called, they’re going to definitely look at him, they’ve heard a lot. Maryland’s called,” Sagona said. “Temple wants him to come down, they haven’t offered him yet but I think they will eventually, they want him to come down and sit down with him for a few hours.”
The reason for Uhl’s sudden jump in recruitment has been twofold. First, he’s been able to break down opposing big men off the dribble, creating his own shot–something crucial at the next level if he’s going to play out on the wing. Second, he’s been crashing the boards, showing a willingness to do more than just score.
“All the coaches that are calling, that they love the fact he’s taking people off the dribble and things like that, which they didn’t see before,” Sagona said. “You know he’s long, and he’s young, and his upside’s there.”
Without any major recruiting events going on until the July live periods, Uhl knows what he’s spending the next six weeks doing: “Work on my ball-handling, on my shot. Lift weights, that kind of stuff.”
The biggest question surrounding Uhl is where he’d likely slot in at the next level. At 6-8 and 185 pounds, he doesn’t really have the body type or game typically associated with a post player. However, he could cause matchup problems with a lot of forwards at the next level with his handling and shooting ability.
“He’s probably going to be a 3 or a 4, it depends on the system,” Sagona said. “He can shoot the ball too, he’s a pretty good shooter.”
The Jersey Shore Warriors’ 17U squad will next be in action the weekend of May 18-19 when they play at Philadelphia University at the Philadelphia Jam Fest, hosted by the Keystone Blazers.