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Power forward picks Iowa

Ahmad Wagner the third recruit in Hawkeyes' 2015 class

IOWA CITY — Three days after setting up his official visit to Iowa, forward Ahmad Wagner thought enough of the Hawkeyes to make a verbal commitment.

The 6-foot-7 senior announced Sunday on Instagram that will attend Iowa. He will make his official visit on Sept. 6.

“First off I would like to thank God for everything he has blessed me with. It’s been a long and fun Journey and I’ve enjoyed every step of the way. But I’m glad to say I will be spending my next 4 years at the University of Iowa as a Hawkeye!” Wagner wrote on Instagram.

According to Hawkeye Report, Wagner held scholarship offers from Iowa, Minnesota, Texas Tech, Toledo, Butler, Wright State, Kent State, and Bucknell. Wagner is rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.

Wagner attends Wayne High School in Huber Heights, Ohio, the same high school that produced Michigan State guard Travis Trice and Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller. Wagner averaged 13.9 points and 9.9 rebounds a game for the Warriors. Wagner also competes for the All Ohio Red, an AAU team, and averaged 6.9 points a game.

“They have been telling me that I can come in and play right away and help the team immediately,” Wagner told Hawkeye Report. “They told me they like that I can play multiple positions and defend different types of players.”

Wagner has a similar size and game to former Iowa forward Melsahn Basabe. It was a need position for Iowa after losing power forwards Basabe and Zach McCabe to graduation and not replacing either with recruits this year.

Iowa now has three commitments for the 2015 class. Small forward Brandon Hutton (6-6) and shooting guard Andrew Fleming (6-4) previously announced their plans to attend Iowa. The Hawkeyes now have two available scholarships.

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