Iowa picked up its first commitment in the Class of 2016 on Thursday when in-state forward Cordell Pemsl verbally pledged on an official visit to the school, the Dubuque Wahlert power forward confirmed in a text to Hawkeye Insider.
"There wasn't any convincing needed," the 6-foot-7 Pemsl said of Thursday's meeting with Hawkeye Head Coach Fran McCaffery. "I love all of it (Iowa)."
That just left McCaffery to win over Pemsl's mother, Katy Pemsl.
"He did that by telling her that Iowa would support me and be there for me through everything," Cordell said.
Pemsl and his mother spend most of Thursday seeing all of the Iowa campus and meeting with academic advisers. He also received a more extensive touring the basketball facilities than he had on his previous visits to the school.
At the end of it all, Pemsl said the next step was easy.
"I just knew. They are going to give me everything I need to go to the next leveland I can see myself in a Hawkeye uniform," he said.
The 6-foot-7, 220-pound Pemsl, a left-hander, has gotten off to a fast start this spring for his Martin Brothers AAU squad. It comes on the heels of leading Wahlert to the Class 3A state championship with 23 points and 10 rebounds in the title game.
Pemsl's sophomore season was interrupted by a shoulder injury. Still, he averaged 15.5 points and 9.1 rebounds a game. Wahlert finished 23-4 with a win against eventual 4A champ, Iowa City West.
In addition to the three schools that have offered scholarships, Pemsl said he's heard frequently from Wisconsin and Wichita State. Outside of the Hawkeyes, Northern Iowa is the only other campus he's visited.
"It's an amazing feeling," Pemsl said of Thursday's decision. "It's a sigh of relief and can only get better from here."