Northern Iowa is getting another Lohaus.
Iowa City West junior Tanner Lohaus verbally committed to join coach Ben Jacobson’s basketball team on Tuesday after a visit to Cedar Falls.
A scholarship offer got quick consideration, as Tanner decided to join his brother Wyatt, UNI’s freshman guard and Iowa’s 2014 Mr. Basketball.
“I thought there was a pretty good chance this was going to happen,” Iowa City West coach Steve Bergman said. “Tanner knows the players, the coaches. We’ve had a lot of players go up there and have great success, so I’m sure he’s very comfortable with it all.”
The 6-foot-6-inch forward averaged 11.0 points and 4.4 rebounds per game last season for the talented and deep Trojans, who finished third in Class 4-A. Tanner is closer in height to his father, Brad — a 6-11 center with the Hawkeyes and in the NBA — than his older brother Wyatt (6-2), and could still have room to grow.
“He’s a later developer,” Bergman said. “Tanner is a baseball and basketball guy, while Wyatt played a lot more basketball when he was younger. People have seen how much he’s developed over the last year, year and a half, and think it’s going to keep happening. I think they’re right.
“Tanner and Wyatt share a lot of characteristics, being very coachable, hard-working kids, but they are different kids.”
Lohaus and his AAU basketball program, the Iowa Barnstormers, posted the announcement on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon.
Excited and proud to announce that I have committed to the University of Northern Iowa to play basketball! #PantherNation
— Tanner Lohaus (@T_Buckets33) May 19, 2015
If he joins the roster immediately after his 2016 high school graduation, he’ll be the third Trojan in UNI’s lineup, including Wyatt and forward Jeremy Morgan.
Iowa City West won three consecutive 4-A state championships with Wyatt and Morgan as starters.
Tanner began his varsity career as a sophomore. He’ll rejoin Bergman’s roster for summer practice in June, with other highly-touted prospects Wali Parks, Devontae Lane, and Iowa commit Connor McCaffery.
“I enjoy talking to the college coaches and trying to find a great fit for every kid we have,” Bergman said.