Iowa State men’s basketball recruiting: Malik Dime picks Washington over the Cyclones

In a battle that was expected to be between Iowa State and Washington, top Iowan basketball prospect Malik Dime has chosen to play for the Huskies.

Dime committed to Washington earlier on Monday and made it official on Twitter. Other potential schools were Arkansas, Kansas, Rutgers, and USC.

Dime had three official visits, according to 247Sports. He made a trip out to Iowa State back on August 29th. He visited Arkansas and Washington on back-to-back weeks, September 19th and September 27th, respectively.

Considering the wealth of depth that the Cyclones have at forward in the upcoming future, the odds of Dime getting more playing time at Washington is better. Former Iowa State assistant coach T.J. Otzelberger, who’s now at Washington, was believed to be heavily recruiting him.

On Friday, Dime announced that he would be making is decision on Monday. Both the Huskies and Cyclones were the frontrunners.

Dime averaged seven points a game and shot 65.3 percent from the field last season with Indian Hills Community College. He hit 55.6 percent of his free throws and didn’t attempt a 3-point shot. He may not have fit Hoiberg’s system perfectly, but the 6-foot-10, 215-pound build was a sell to everyone.

It would have been great to pick up the local prospect from Ottumwa, but you can’t grab every top recruit. We wish Dime the best of luck at Washington.