Sophomore Preston Wells Making Progress

Peoria Richwoods took on Champaign Centennial in an out-of-conference battle between the two traditional powers recently. Among their players is 2013 guard prospect Preston Wells, who made an earlier excursion to Champaign for Midnight Madness.

Preston Wells is a 5'-11" point guard from Peoria Richwoods High School. The member of the class of 2013 has received interest from Illinois. He demonstrated his skills in a key January win for his squad.

Wells did not start for his team but was a major contributor who played starter's minutes. The first aspect that stands out about Wells game is his perimeter shooting. His release is extremely quick as he squares up, and he has a pure stroke from beyond the arc.

This was evident by his streak of three treys in the first half. Wells says he was feeling confident in his shot.

"They left me open. I had been feeling it all day. I just let it go and they went in."

There were a couple times where he could have pulled the trigger but didn't. He showed nice passing ability by moving the ball around the perimeter and making good decisions. His best decision of the night was a dribble drive and kick out pass for an open three to a teammate for what proved to be the game winning assist.

Defensively, Wells moves his feet quick laterally and stays in front of his man. The biggest aspect Wells needs to improve on physically is getting bigger and stronger. He is only a sophomore, which gives him time to grow and get in the weight room.

He doesn't force things on the court, but at the same time could be a little more aggressive. Wells posted 9 points and 3 assists in his team's 5 point road victory. After the game he was happy with how his team played.

"It was pretty intense. They came back at the end of the game, making a couple runs at us. We stepped up to the plate and hit big shots. Then we knocked down two free throws to seal it."

Wells says his team struggled early on in the season, but they are coming around when it matters most.

"It was rough at times. It is getting a lot better now. We are coming together as a team more and playing harder."

He is satisfied with how he has played so far this season. It was important for him to play a major role for his team, and he feels he has done that.

"I feel I have picked it up for some of the senior loss we had last year."

In this particular game, the sophomore played some at the point and other times off the ball. When asked which position he prefers to play, Wells says he Will Do whatever is asked of him.

"I see myself as a point guard, but I will play the two if that is what the team needs. I will do whatever the coach says."

Wells visited with many other high profile recruits for Midnight Madness. He reports he has not had much contact with the Illini coaching staff since his visit. He wanted to attend the game against #1 Ohio State, but he felt it would be best to travel to Champaign with his team.

He says he has not been able to catch much college basketball this year because he is focused on his season and improving. The guard mentioned a couple of aspects he liked about the Illinois team though.

"They play hard. I love teams that play hard. Everyone contributes."

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