Artem Wallace Update

Artem Wallace, the top-ranked four man in the west for 2005, says a couple Pac-10 schools are recruiting him the hardest at this time...

We spoke with Artem Wallace, 6-8 JR PF/C Toledo (Wash.) High last night, and asked him about the schools he currently has on his list.

"I like UCLA and Washington," said Wallace. "I've heard a lot from them. The head coach at Washington called last night. I also like Stanford, because of the academics, but I haven't yet spoken with their coaches. They're sending me mail though. I also like Gonzaga."

We asked Wallace if he had a geographical preference and he replied, "I like the Pac-10, but I also like Gonzaga. I'd probably stay on the West Coast, but I'd have no problem going away."

When asked which programs he felt were recruiting him the hardest, Wallace said, "UCLA and Washington -- I've talked to their coaches more than anyone else. But I'm hearing from most of the Pac-10 schools. And Missouri also called yesterday."

Wallace said immediate playing time is not a huge issue with him. "Obviously, I'd like to play," said Wallace. "And if I could play a lot, that'd be great. But I really just want to go somewhere where I can get maybe 10-12 minutes a game -- I don't want to sit on the bench my whole first year."

As of now, Wallace doesn't plan on making an early decision. "My plan is to play this summer and then decide before my senior season -- at the latest, before November," Wallace said.

Wallace was planning on taking the SAT in May, but said he recently moved up the test date. "I was scheduled to take the SAT in May, but I want to take an official visit to UCLA in May and I guess I have to post a score before I can take the trip," said Wallace. "So I'm taking the test in three weeks.

We asked Wallace how he's doing academically and he replied, "I didn't do great my first year, but I had a 3.8 last year and I'm around a 3.8 so far this year. My overall GPA is about a 3.4"

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