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InsideMDSports: Dominique Uhl 'excited and surprised' by Terps offer

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Last month, Maryland extended an offer to Point Pleasant Beach (N.J.) power forward Dominique Uhl, joining the likes of Boston College, Iowa, Penn State and more. The biggest reason, said the 6-foot-8, 180-pound prospect, was his ability to play both inside and out.

"My AAU coach first called me and told me about it and then [the coaches] called me," Uhl said. "They said they liked my versatility and that I can handle the ball."

Although he already held a half dozen scholarships, Uhl says the Maryland offer elicited a big reaction.

"I was excited and surprised," he said. "They've seen me before and after [the evaluation] they called my AAU coach, but I had never talked to them before."

It wasn't just shock that caused his reaction, though. Uhl says he is intrigued by what the Terps have to offer.

"It's obviously a great basketball program," he said. "And I heard it is a good academic school, too."

For now, the three-star prospect says he does not have any leaders, but he does have three official visits set up: Boston College, Iowa and Temple. The Eagles will be first, on Sept. 6.

"They like that I can handle the ball and make shots from outside," he said about Boston College. "They like that I can create shots for myself and my teammates."

Uhl says that after those three visits, he will then look at the rest of his options to decide who gets the final two trip. He'll be looking for a nice blend of academics and basketball.

"I want to combine both worlds," he said. "I'm looking for a good basketball program, but it should be a good academic school, too."

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