Wilson Hoops And Spikes

Jamil Wilson is known in Wisconsin for more than just his basketball ability. The talented forward is a two sport star and some college coaches have started showing up at his recent volleyball matches.

Jamil Wilson is quite a basketball player, but it's not the only sports he's known for. Scout.com's 6th rated player is also racking up honors playing volleyball.

"People say I'm pretty good," Wilson, who was named to the first team All-Racine County boy's volleyball team last year, said. "Volleyball is volleyball, but it's not my major sport. I'm known around the state for volleyball, and I didn't even know that."

The 6-foot-7, 200-pound class of 2009 star even has basketball coaches checking him out during volleyball games. While he said there's been a bunch of schools to come in, he could only remember two.

"Couple of coaches have showed up for my volleyball games," Wilson said. "Coach Groce from Ohio State came. Coach Painter (Purdue) was at one of my practices. It was pretty cool."

"Everyone was asking me why they were coming to watch me play volleyball and I was like ‘I have no idea, but they are here.' It shows that they have a real interest in me. To come watch me during a sport outside of basketball, that's pretty cool."

Interest Holds Steady For Wilson
To go with OSU and Purdue, Wilson is also getting interest from Arizona, Baylor, Duke, Marquette, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Tennessee, Texas, Wake Forest, and Wisconsin.

Wilson said his dad handles majority of his calls, so he didn't know every scholarship offer that he had obtained. He did, however, say Purdue, Marquette, Wisconsin, Baylor and Ohio State had offered grants.

On Tuesday, Wilson had his first open gym for college coaches and Wisconsin had a pair of assistant coaches in attendance.

"I hadn't played in so long, probably been two months because of volleyball," the Racine (Wisc.) Horlick standout said. "I was kind of rusty."

Despite all of the early interest, Wilson isn't rushing to make a decision. At this point he's just enjoying the process and hoping one of his teammates get noticed during the process.

"A lot of people are committing early, but if you know me I'm not a selfish person at all so I don't want to limit myself or my teammates," Wilson said. "You never if you will find a diamond in a rough because a coach could see something he likes in one of my teammates."

"If I limit it and say that I'm going to go to a certain school then my players don't' get any exposure. Hopefully someone else can get a little exposure. Probably next year sometime I'll make my decision."

Wilson hasn't taken any unofficial visits recently. He is planning to go to Wisconsin for a football game at some point during the Badgers season.

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