Discovered Wilderness

Dunwoody (Ga.) small forward Anjuan Wilderness (6-6, 210) gets his first look at Bud Walton Arena on Friday night as the Real Deal on the Hill gets underway.

Even before he got a chance to see and play in Bud Walton Arena, Anjuan Wilderness was already considering the University of Arkansas.

Now having inside Razorbacks' arena, one of the nation's top 2006 prospects is even more interested.

"It is very nice," Wildnerness said. "I like it a lot. It makes them even more appealing. I really enjoyed playing in here."

Wilderness, a 6-6, 210-pound small forward, helped lead his Atlanta Celtics Black team to an easy victory over Nebraska's High 5 East.

He showed the ability to hit the deep 3 as well as take his man off the dribble with his strong upper body in his team's first game of an event that runs through Sunday on 10 different courts in Fayetteville.

"I think we played just alright tonight," Wilderness said. "I didn't think we played great. We need to play more aggressive defense and attack the basket more. I've just got to get my rhythm going the rest of the way."

Wilderness certainly had that happening during the high school year as he and UA football signee DeAndre Bryant (6-6, 205) - who averaged 10 rebounds per game - led Dunwoody to a second straight state title.

"DeAndre really helped us out," Wilderness said. "He is very excited about getting up here and playing football."

He averaged 23 points, 12 rebounds and 3.1 steals per game while shooting 62 percent overall from the field and 45 percent from 3-point range.

Wilderness has been a star on the high school level since his freshman season where he averaged 19 points and 14 rebounds and then upped that to 22 points and 12 rebounds as a sophomore.

"I am trying to work on my outside game to make it even stronger, but I think my strong point is how I attack the basket," Wilderness said. "I am pretty good, but you can always get better."

Things will pick up today when a host of major college coaches will join in on the action when the evaluation period opens this morning.

The Atlanta Celtics Black squad will be back in action Saturday morning at 10:50 a.m. when they face the Northwest Arkansas Raptors at the UA's HPER Building.

They will also play Team Florida Breakdown at 3 p.m. in Bud Walton Arena to complete pool play before the tournament shifts into single elimination format.

"It's good competition just playing the other Adidas teams, but to play the Nike and all the other teams is a lot more fun," Wilderness said. "You get to see more guys and it just makes you raise the level of your game even more."

Arkansas joins Florida State, Texas, Clemson and Louisville among the teams that Wilderness is interested in right now.

"Arkansas and Florida State are really my top two right now," Wilderness said. "But I am considering a lot of schools. I will start taking my visits after summer ball is over with."

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