Ish Wainright Grabs An Offer

Ever since the coaching staff returned from the first session of the Nike EYBL, there has been flurry of action on the recruiting trail with several prospects earning offers. The latest is 6-foot-6 wing prospect Ismail Wainright.

"Coach K and I talked last night and he offered me a scholarship," said Ishmail Wainwright. "It's an honor and really exciting to know the best coach in the history of college basketball thinks that highly of you."

Wainright becomes the seventh confirmed offer from the class of 2013, joining Jabari Parker, Julius Randle, Matt Jones, Marcus Lee, Allerick Freeman, and Austin Nichols. The 6-foot-6 wing athlete showed out well last weekend for Team Takeover, averaging 10.3 points and 7.8 rebounds in four games at the EYBL.

That kind of versatility and skill set has been sorely lacking in Durham for a few years on the wing, which is exactly why Duke has made an early push according to Krzyzewski.

"I feel like I excel on the defensive end of the court and when it comes to getting to the rim. Coach K talked about those things being a real asset and they need a player like me. I really take pride in working hard so that I can help my team win. I'm a dirty work kind of guy."

After spending his first two seasons at Raytown (Mo.) South, Wainright got a change of scenery in 2012 and transferred to Montrose Christian Academy in Rockville (Md.). The change also provided a different level of basketball and prep for the next level.

"This year I've been playing more of the one/two," Wainright told Scout.com. "It's going good. To tell you the truth, it's better than my freshman and sophomore year."

Playing at a school with so much talent makes Wainright, a 6-foot-5, 195-pound wing, time on the court easier.

"It's easy," Wainright said. "It's a lot easier. I don't have to go down and rebound as much because we have big guys and rebounders down there. So I can really do a lot more."

Since arriving at Montrose, Wainright said he's spent a considerable amount of time working on his middle game.

"My mid-range is probably my go-to in my offense right now," Wainright said. "I've been working on that since the beginning of the season and it's really paying off right now."

Wainright, Scout.com's No. 36 prospect in the junior class, plans to run with Team Takeover on the spring and summer circuit.


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