Willms taking step back in recruitment

2012 center Matt Willms is a late bloomer with plenty of recruiting attention. Here's an update on the emerging prospect from Findlay Prep.

Over the past year, Matt Willms has moved from Canada to Detroit to Las Vegas, trying to take advantage of the opportunities the United States has for him to develop as a basketball player.

Now at Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep, the 6-foot-11, 210-pound 2012 center has seen improvement in both his game and recruitment.

Texas A&M, UNLV, Kansas, Marquette, Minnesota, San Diego State and St. Joseph's make up the core group that Willms is being recruited by, although there have been multiple others expressing interest.

The overwhelming attention is one of the reasons he's now slowing down his recruitment a bit.

"Matt has visited Texas A&M, St. Joseph's and he's taken an unofficial to UNLV," said Findlay Prep assistant Todd Simon. "He's putting his recruitment on hold for a minute.

"Things got overwhelming with everyone in the country on him and him blowing up. He's taking a step back, putting his recruitment on pause and there's no real timetable."

Willms appears to be favoring the schools that have been involved longer, but hasn't closed off anything at the same time.

"In some ways he's wide open, but I think he's starting to get a feel for what he wants," said Simon.

Thus far, Simon is impressed with what Willms has brought to the table at Findlay.

"He's an athletic 7-footer with great hands," he said. "He can shoot the three and knock down shots off the dribble. His best days are definitely ahead of him. He's a late bloomer and once he puts on a little bit of weight, watch out. His ceiling is very high. He's got a chance to play in the league."

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