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@ScottDochterman Dom Uhl looked so promising as a 6’9” sophomore, then disappeared. What’s your take on why he did not develop? Hope you will consider for Q of the day.
— Don Kerr (@KerrDonrkerr) February 24, 2018
ANSWER: Dom Uhl came to Iowa as an athletic project, and for a while it appeared he was on course to become a key starter at forward. He played decent minutes as a freshman reserve with All-Big Ten players Aaron White and Jarrod Uthoff at his position.
As a sophomore, Uhl seemed to take off as the Hawkeyes’ key player off the bench. In helping Iowa start the Big Ten campaign 7-0, Uhl was tremendous as a 3-point shooter. He hit 11 of 17 3-pointers during that span, which included a pair of victories against both Michigan State and Purdue. The Spartans were ranked No. 1 and No. 4 in Iowa’s wins. Uhl’s emergence helped vault Iowa to No. 3 in the national rankings that season. Uhl averaged 17.2 minutes and 6.0 points per game, and the Hawkeyes advanced to the NCAA Tournament’s second round.
With Iowa losing four starters after the 2015-16 season, it appeared natural that the 6-foot-9 Uhl would step right in as a junior. He was given the opportunity with seven starts but never became a front-line player. His minutes waned throughout the season. By his senior year, Uhl was out of the rotation and played only spot duty. Sunday, in his final home game, Uhl earned a ceremonial start and contributed with 2 blocks and 2 rebounds in 8 minutes.
“It feels great,” Uhl said of opening his last game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. “It’s a different type of feeling to start. You just try to make the best of it.”
So why didn’t Uhl continue on an upward trajectory? It really comes down to consistency. He hit just 35.1 percent from the field as a junior and his struggles were concurrent with those of his teammates. Uhl’s confidence appeared to wane during his slump. Coach Fran McCaffery needed to make changes, and other players were producing.
Uhl is from Frankfurt, Germany, and will head back to Europe to play pro basketball after he graduates in May with a degree in enterprise leadership. When his playing career is over, Uhl plans to relocate to the United States and live in New Jersey, where he resided for two years before signing with Iowa.
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