Ongoing Wait

The Englishmen are taking the United States prep circuit by storm. Matthew Bryan-Amaning came over last year. So did Justin Robinson. This year features UConn-bound Ben Eaves and his former teammate with the Manchester Magic: 7-foot1 Phil Wait of Proctor Academy.

The jury is still out on Proctor Academy (N.H.) big man Phil Wait, but one thing is for certain: This Englishman has plenty of size.

The 7-foot-1, 250-pound junior, who played with UConn-bound forward Ben Eaves in the Manchester Magic program back home in England, is still a work in progress – but he's only a junior.

Wait displayed the ability to keep the ball high and finish around the basket. He runs the floor well and can also alter shots on the defensive end.

``He's the classic big man who is developing all the time," Proctor coach Gregor Makechnie said. "The biggest thing for Phil is that he needs to be intense on every possession."

Wait, 18, still needs to learn how to play hard all the time – and he also needs to develop a go-to move in the low post.

However, again, there is no substitute for size – and Wait should be a mid-major at the very least.

Wait's father died about a year ago and that set his progress on the court back.

``I dropped out of school and didn't do very well in the classroom," Wait said. "I couldn't concentrate."

Now Wait is getting re-focused in the classroom and also on the court.

``I have to do it now," Wait said.

Wait said that while Davidson helped him get to the United States, Bob McKillop's program hasn't been in touch since he arrived at Proctor. He said Utah expressed recent interest – and Virginia Tech and Holy Cross have also inquired. Makechnie added that Penn State and George Washington are also involved.

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