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College Basketball: UNI basketball signs Goanar Mar and Drew Daniel

CEDAR FALLS – The UNI men’s basketball team has signed George Mason University transfer Goanar Mar and Dowling Catholic’s Drew Daniel during the 2020 spring signing period.

The newest members of the Panther family will join a talented recruiting class consisting of Bowen Born, Nate Heise and Tytan Anderson.

“We are excited to add Goanar and Drew to our recruiting class,” said Head Coach Ben Jacobson.  “They have demonstrated a great work ethic in the classroom, on the court and have proven themselves as teammates and winners.  We have known Goanar for a number years and have always been impressed with his mentality and approach.  He is a tremendous defender and brings a wealth of experience that will immediately impact our program. Drew is coming off back to back state tournaments.  We like his size, his length and his ability to make threes.  We know Drew loves the gym and look forward to his development!”

Goanar Mar joins the Panthers via George Mason University where the 6-7 forward played three years. He started every game for the Patriots as a freshman averaging 10.9 PPG, 4.4 RPG and shot 35 percent from beyond the arc. Mar played in 19 games as a sophomore due to injury and competed in 31 games as a junior. He played prep basketball for DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mar led DeLaSalle to four-consecutive 3A state titles and was one of five finalists for the 2017 Minnesota Mr. Basketball Award. Goanar is the son of Elizabeth Jiech.

Drew Daniel is a 6-6 Dowling Catholic High School product from West Des Moines, Iowa. Daniel led the Maroons to back to back State Tournament appearances in 2019 and 2020. He was named a Second Team All CIML forward after averaging 8.7 PPG and 5.8 RPG while shooting 37 percent from beyond the three point arc. Drew is the son of Dave and Jen Daniel.

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