Texas post opening eyes

A low post player with size who is skilled is always something colleges like, and Texas native David Wacker is someone showing those skills in the 2014 class.

The name isn't familiar to a lot on the national scene, but David Wacker has had an impressive season at Converse City (Tex.) Judson. The 6-foot-9 post prospect is a well-schooled interior player, and now colleges are taking a long look.

At Judson, David Wacker plays under the guidance of Mike Wacker, his father. The elder Wacker played for Texas during his college days, and now his son is garnering high-major attention. According to David it was a successful season, even if the team fell slightly short of his goals.

"It was a pretty successful year, but I wish it would have ended differently because I felt we had a real chance to get to state this year," said Wacker. "We lost right before regionals, but it was really fun. We will have seven returning seniors next year so we should have an experienced team next year, and I just want us to make a run to get to Austin."

He continued, "A lot of teams made it a point to double team me, so this year I wanted to make it a focus to rebound and make good solid passes. We didn't really have many scorers who created on their own, so I kind of took more of a playmaking role this year than I did last year. I think I will have to score more next year, but this year it was good for our team."

Recruiting wise Wacker already has a handful of offers with some other big boys taking a long look.

"Right now the schools that have offered are Western Kentucky, Texas State, SMU, Cal Poly, and Rice," noted Wacker. "The schools interested are Texas, Arizona, Kansas State, and some others."

He went on, "My dad doesn't tell me as much, he just wants me to be grounded and get better. I know that is what it is about. I will hopefully make my decision before the season starts, and hopefully it will all play out the way it supposed to."

Earlier this year Wacker made a visit to SMU, and learned that Larry Brown has known his dad for a long time.

"It was unbelievable," said Wacker of SMU. "It was a surreal feeling to be able to talk to (Brown). My whole family came on the visit, and my dad was recruited by Larry Brown at Kansas in 1979, and it was funny that he remembered my dad all those years ago."

He continued, "(Brown) is such a calm and collected guy. He is a really experienced coach who is really smart and told me a lot of good things. He told me to really separate myself with the energy that I play with. SMU is a great school and a great program, and I know it is only going to get better from here. I know the sky is the limit with that team because Larry Brown is a winner. It was pretty incredible to be offered a scholarship, and that is the top place that has offered me right now."

When it comes to the Texas Longhorns, obviously there is a family history and Wacker is excited to be recruited by Rick Barnes and his staff.

"It's been a dream because I have always wanted to go there," said Wacker. "My dad played there and it has changed from me just kind of going to the banquets after the season to now being recruited by them. I know every time they come to a game or a practice I am extra excited. It is fun because that is somewhere where I have always dreamed of playing."

He continued, "It would be a dream to be able to go there, and that will be cool to see how it plays out. My parents would like me to stay close to home, but we will just see what happens because I know I have to remain open."

Wacker would like to make a decision before the start of his senior year, and he says winning above all else will be important.

"The bottom line for me is I want to go somewhere where I can contend for a national championship. There are a lot of quality schools that can get into the tournament, but to have an opportunity to play for a title is important. I want to go somewhere that is the best fit, staying close isn't the most important thing, I am all about going somewhere where we will win as a team. I am not about going somewhere where I can step in right away because if you go somewhere like that you aren't pushing yourself to be as good as you can possibly be."

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