Cordell Pemsl has a long list of titles at a young age.
After Thursday’s unofficial visit to Iowa City, he can add one more.
“Now I’ll be known as ‘sophomore, Iowa commit,’” the Dubuque Wahlert star forward said.
A 6-7, 220-pound all-state post for the Class 3-A state champions gave Hawkeye men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery his verbal commitment after “a great day” visiting campus.
Pemsl has offers from Northern Iowa and Creighton, but was excited when Iowa offered earlier this week.
“I always thought what would happen when it did happen, but I wasn’t expecting it this early,” Pemsl said. “It brought up a lot of memories I had of growing up a Hawkeye basketball fan and following the team. It made me want to be a part of that.”
Pemsl averaged 15.5 points and 9.1 rebounds for the Golden Eagles, shooting 59.7 percent from the field. He says he’s expecting to grow another few inches before his 2016 graduation, and is already looking forward to that future.
“Having them tell me that they would work and do whatever it takes to help me get to the next level, seeing the academics — even though I haven’t decided what I want to major in — and the fact that it’s close to home,” Pemsl said. “Those are all reasons that I wanted to be a Hawkeye.”
As his game and frame continue to grow, so might Pemsl’s recruiting options. He’ll have plenty of opportunities over the summer and in two more seasons with Wahlert to impress college scouts.
“We didn’t really talk about that,” Pemsl said. “We just talked today about the commitment from me to (McCaffery) and him to me.”
The target on Pemsl’s back will continue to grow, but he says his early commitment has relieved some pressure for his summer.
He is the first commitment to Iowa’s Class of 2016. The Hawkeyes recently got their Class of 2015 started with a commitment from Brandon Hutton, a 6-5 junior forward from Chicago De La Salle.