Dominique Uhl, a 6-foot-8 wing from Germany, has starred this summer for the Jersey Shore Warriors (Pa.), but it still surprised some when he was offered by Maryland last week.
One person it didn't surprise: his Jersey Shore Warriors coach, Tony Sagona.
"He’s a good athlete and the last 25 days he’s been really good," Sagona said. "He’s got a great upside. He’s long. He’s starting to shoot the ball real well, he can pass, he’s got good potential. They look at that – he’s only in high school."
Uhl was the best player on a Jersey Shore squad that won 26 straight games. They won the Hoop Group Summer East Classic earlier this week before their winning streak was snapped in the semifinals of the Summer Jam Fest to Expressions Elite (Mass.).
Terps assistant coach Scott Spinelli was on hand last weekend at the Summer Jam Fest and Sagona said the Maryland basketball staff has been watching Uhl play the past couple of weeks.
Maryland joins Iowa, Boston College, Northwestern, Temple and Penn State as the main schools who have offered.
“Right now, I mean Maryland just called. I think Boston College and Iowa have been the two mainstays. Temple, Penn State offered him also," Sagona said.
Uhl will start to look at schools next month. Visits will be big for the native of Germany.
“I don’t think he’s familiar with a lot of the schools, so he’s going to have to make some visits and figure it out," the coach said. "He’s a good student, so he will figure out what fits best for him.”
Uhl is expected to visit Boston College and Iowa. When asked whether he will visit Maryland, Sagona said, "Oh, of course. Definitely."
Uhl is a versatile prospect who can play either forward position. He's more of a 3, but he may be willing to play the 4 as well. "It all depends where the school is and what they have,” Sagona said.
With his size on the perimeter, Uhl can create mismatches on both ends of the court.
"Defensively I think he can do very well," Sagona said. "And I think he could cause [mismatch] problems for the other team's defense, too, eventually."Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun