Josiah Allick

Lincoln North Star's Josiah Allick averaged 15.3 points and 9.8 rebounds during his senior season.

Lincoln North Star forward Josiah Allick committed to UMKC this weekend.

“I was one of the main guys they wanted,” Allick said of UMKC’s staff. “It came down to Coach (Billy) Donlon and the whole coaching staff believing in me and how much they think I can develop and become an elite player.”

Donlon, who was hired in March, made the trip to Lincoln to see Allick work out at North Star last week.

The 6-foot-7 forward is the eighth player in the state’s 2019 class to sign with or commit to a Division I school. Allick plans to sign with the Kangaroos next week.

“I look forward to growing with the staff and the plan Coach Donlon has for me,” Allick said. “We talked about redshirting and how it would be solely my decision. If I feel like I’m not ready physically then it will be my decision in November.”

Allick received an offer from UMKC on his official visit Thursday.

“I plan on heading down to Kansas City on June 1 and taking a class or two in the summer. I really liked the team and the guys on it. They seemed like a really good group of guys.”

Allick received his first D-I offer from Idaho shortly after averaging 15.3 points and 9.8 rebounds his senior year — his first varsity season.

Wright State expressed late interest and North Dakota State and UNO continued to recruit him. Allick also received offers from Division II schools Northwest Missouri State and Missouri Western. Northwest has won two national championships in three years.

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