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Iowa's Ahmad Wagner Switching From Basketball To Football

Iowa cheerleaders look on from the sideline.

SEATTLE, WA - MARCH 22: Iowa Hawkeyes cheerleaders look on prior to the in the first half of the game against the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KeyArena on March 22, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Iowa basketball's loss could be a big football program's gain. Ahmad Wagner says he will attempt to switch sports for his final collegiate season.

Wagner just wrapped up his third year on the court for the Hawkeyes. He has been a role player throughout his career, topping out at 4.8 points per game in 16 minutes a night back in 2016-17.

This season, he played a career-low 9.1 minutes per game, averaging 1.7 points per game. His time as a basketball player appears to be over, but not his time as a college athlete.

Back in high school, Ahmad Wagner was an Ohio football star.

He only played one year of high school football, but he made the most of it. As a senior at Wayne High School in Dayton, he caught 40 passes for 639 yards and 10 touchdowns. Despite just one year of experience, he started to get some serious attention.

Kentucky football offered Wagner, even though he was committed to play hoops at Iowa. According to a Land of 10 article that predicted a possible dual-sport move for Wagner months ago, Ohio State also showed interest.

247Sports' composite rankings had Wagner as a four-star wide receiver. He was the No. 284 player in the nation despite just one season of play, and ranked No. 33 among wide receivers and No. 12 in Ohio in the class of 2015.

Wagner officially made the announcement that he is switching sports this afternoon. Via Twitter:

It is unclear whether Wagner could play football for the Hawkeyes. In that Land of 10 article, an interesting July tweet from Iowa assistant Kelvin Bell was included:

In Wagner's Twitter note, it doesn't sound like he will necessarily stay at Iowa. However, it seems like he can if he wants, and there does seem to be interest from the football staff.

If he transfers elsewhere, there will be an interesting market for him. We've seen a number of college basketball forwards turn into very dangerous tight ends, and at 6-foot-7, 235 pounds, he definitely fits that bill.