Weber State men’s basketball has completed its 2018 recruiting class and has done so with a bang.
Dima Zdor, a 6-foot-10 Ukrainian forward, committed to the Wildcats on Saturday, June 16.
National recruiting writer Corey Evans of Rivals tweeted Zdor’s commitment “adds to one of the best mid-major 2018 classes.”
Zdor is rated a three-star recruit, according to 247Sports. He recently took a recruiting visit to Illinois and was expected to sign with one of his power-conference offers at Illinois or Arkansas.
Don Shopland, associate head coach of Saint James School in Maryland where Zdor played his senior season, described him as a stretch-four or stretch-five with “striking” versatility and a relentless work ethic.
Reached by phone Saturday, Zdor detailed three reasons he chose Weber State.
First: “I truly believe coach (Randy) Rahe is my type of guy. I’m willing to go to the court and fight for him every single game,” he said.
Second: “I’m not just a back-to-the-basket guy, I have versatile skills and (Rahe will) use me in the right way.”
Third: “Weber State’s development program is on the same level as any high-major in the country. Those are the things that made me believe in Weber State and will get me to the next level.”
He averaged 14 points and nine rebounds as a high school senior and also had offers from 10 other schools, which included Drake, UMass, Siena and Utah State.
Shopland echoed Zdor’s evaluation of Weber State.
“It was important for us to find a program that is going to teach, and a place he can plant roots and be there four years,” Shopland said. “Their reputation for family and development, guys like Joel Bolomboy ... having somebody know who Dima is and invest in his development, that reputation was important to us.”
He visited Ogden in mid-May and met the coaching staff and a handful of players.
“I met Brekkott Chapman. I flat-out love that guy,” Zdor said. “He’s very friendly, but he takes care of business on the court.” He also met Doc Nelson and Michal Kozak, and said “it felt like I’ll have the right kind of locker room there.”
He said his late commitment was a result of wanting to build relationships, take time in the recruiting process and find the right fit.
The big man completes Weber State’s roster ahead of the 2018-19 season and will be one of six freshmen on the team, including Israel Barnes, another three-star recruit.
|WEBER STATE 2018-19 ROSTER|
|As of 6/16/2018 | 0 scholarships available|
|Seniors||Zach Braxton, Brekkott Chapman|
|Juniors||Jordan Dallas, Jerrick Harding, Cody John|
|Sophomores||Michal Kozak, Doc Nelson|
|Freshmen||Israel Barnes, Tim Fuller, Spencer Johnson,|
Donatas Kupsas, Caleb Nero, Dima Zdor
From last season, WSU lost seniors Dusty Baker and Ryan Richardson, as well as transfers Trevon Ary-Turner, Riley Court and Anton Vialen.
The 2018-19 schedule is not yet announced but can begin as early as Nov. 6. It will feature home games against BYU, Fresno State and Utah Valley, and a 20-game Big Sky Conference slate.