When Koang Doluony was looking for a place to play his senior year, his first visit was to UNO.
That was all it took.
"After that, there was really no point of taking any others," the former Omaha Bryan star said.
Doluony said Tuesday that he has committed to joining the Mavericks after making a visit last weekend, and he is in the process of getting all his paperwork returned to the school.
University of Nebraska at Omaha coach Derrin Hansen is unable to comment until all of Doluony's paperwork is finalized.
A four-year member of the Indiana State program who redshirted his freshman season in 2008-09, Doluony will immediately be eligible at UNO because he will graduate in June and will begin graduate school in a program that isn't offered at Indiana State.
The 6-foot-8 forward will join a UNO program that is set to begin its second season of transitioning to Division I. The Mavs will play all but one or two games against Division I opponents.
"Obviously I've played in some Division I games, so I've got some experience," Doluony said. "I'll be a fifth-year senior, so I'm looking to come in and be a leader, lead by example and help the guys compete at the Division I level."
Doluony, a former second-team All-Metro Conference selection, was recruited to Indiana State by Kevin McKenna, the former UNO coach and Creighton assistant who later left to serve as an assistant under Dana Altman at Oregon.
Doluony (Duh-LOAN-ee) averaged 3.8 points in 31 games, including three starts, as a redshirt freshman in 2009-10 and 2.2 points in 27 games off the bench as a sophomore for a team that played in the NCAA tournament.
He appeared in eight games last season, scoring six points.
Out of high school, Doluony considered Wisconsin-Green Bay, Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne, Boise State, Bowling Green, Youngstown State and others.
Doluony said he didn't feel like he fit into the system of Greg Lansing, who succeeded McKenna as the Sycamores' coach after Doluony's sophomore season.
"It was definitely tough, because I love the game of basketball and I came (to Indiana State) looking for a chance to compete under Coach McKenna," Doluony said. "When he left I stayed, because I still felt like could play and help the program.
"I tried to do everything I could to help, and the fact that it didn't work out was really hard on me."
Doluony (whose first name is pronounced Kwong) said he canceled visits to North Dakota and Louisiana-Monroe. He also had some interest from other smaller Division I schools.
Tim Cannon, Doluony's coach at Bryan, said he could sense the excitement from his former player when talking with him about transferring to UNO.
"He had a tough year at Indiana State, but he's done a lot of great things there and he got his degree in four years — I can't say enough about how much that means to me," Cannon said. "And he's close to his family, so he gets to come home at an exciting time for UNO, playing a full Division I schedule at the new (Ralston Sports & Events Center) arena."
Doluony, listed at 195 pounds by Indiana State, said he is now 205 and is an improved player from the 175-pounder who left for Terre Haute in the fall of 2008.
"My game has definitely changed," he said. "I'm pretty versatile — I can put it on the floor some, I can shoot it and, with my size, if there's a smaller guard on me I feel like I can go to the post and do some things there. Everything is a little more refined, and I've gotten stronger over time."
Doluony appears to be a candidate for serious playing time for a UNO team looking to upgrade its length and athleticism, despite returning four starters from a team that went 11-18 last season. That record included a 1-15 mark against Division I teams.
"I think UNO has a chance to compete," Doluony said. "If we play hard and play together as a team, we can do anything."
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