The 7-foot, 225-pound Oregon native, playing at Northfield Mount Hermon (Mass.), realized that dream when he committed to Washington just days after returning from a visit to Seattle.
``It feels good," Wolfinger said. "I didn't think all of this would happen so quickly."
``I really like the coaching staff, the morals and values they stand for," he added. "Jon Brockman is a really good guy and so are all the guys on the team. They're a rising program."
``Being close to home played into it. It was one of the factors," Wolfinger continued. "But I didn't go there just because of location. I really respect Coach (Lorenzo) Romar."
Wolfinger also took visits to Cincinnati and Florida State – and was considering taking a trip to Georgia Tech. Prior to arriving at Northfield, it was primarily mid-major schools such as Boise State and Idaho who were tracking the skilled big man – although DePaul was extremely close to offering him a scholarship.
``To be honest, when I first saw of tape of him, I was surprised people missed on him," said NMH associate head coach John Carroll, a standout player a few years back at Assumption College. "He's a 7-footer who can run the floor and really shoot it. Now he's about 30 pounds heavier than he was on the tape."
``He's potentially the best kid we've ever had here," added Carroll. "He's so skilled and is very composed with the ball in his hands. He's a fantastic shooter who day-in and day-out shoots 60 percent from the field – and that includes three-pointers."
One of the reasons why Wolfinger wasn't highly sought-after until he arrived at NMH was because he barely played this past spring and summer.
``He's so competitive and is very coachable," Carroll said. "He has a thirst to learn new things and has a strong desire to get better."