Wilmont Picks IU
Average 32 points in a basketball state like Indiana and everyone knows your name. Average 32 points in Florida and you're labeled late bloomer. Maybe it's late development or underexposure on the national stage. No matter the reason, Indiana now has a big-time scorer heading to Bloomington.
6-4, 195 pound small forward Roderick Wilmont committed to Indiana during a recent visit.
"That was the only school I visited," Wilmont said. "I was going to take some more but there was really no need. It was amazing when I went there."
Roderick who? Roderick Wilmont. The name certainly isn't familiar to even the most diehard recruiting fans. But, he is averaging 32 points a game and that's not up for debate. Did Mike Davis and Indiana get themselves a sleeper? Maybe. Jim Boeheim certainly hit the jackpot when his Orangemen signed Preston Shumpert, also a relative unknown at the time, late in his senior year.
Indiana has actually known about him for a while. "They heard about me and they came down to see some conditioning workouts at open gym," Wilmont said. "Everybody was saying I was the secret in the country." A very well kept secret, too.
However, as late as last week, Boston College was in town. Florida State, Miami and Kentucky also came calling but Indiana was in too good and got it done on his visit in late January.
Wilmont will play small forward at Indiana. The thought is he might not be done growing. His mother is 6-1 and his father is also tall. "My mom didn't stop growing until she was 21. All of family is tall."
Last year, Wilmont averaged 22 points a game and was an honorable mention all-state selection.
"My role next year is to come in and score and play the wing with the other two guards."