5-star center James Wiseman talks Indiana offer

Five-star 6-foot-11 class of 2019 center James Wiseman talks with Peegs.com about receiving a scholarship offer from Indiana coach Archie Miller this week and updates the college programs he's hearing a lot from recently.

Five-star class of 2019 center James Wiseman received a scholarship offer from Indiana coach Archie Miller this week.

The 6-foot-11, 210-pound Wiseman from Ensworth High School in Nashville, Tenn., and the Bradley Beal Elite AAU program is ranked No. 8 nationally in the 2019 class by scout.com.

Wiseman said he received the scholarship offer in a phone call with Miller.

“He said that I’d make a great fit for their program,” Wiseman said. “He talked about me visiting in the next couple months.

“I think I can fit into his system really well. I’ve talked to him a couple times, and we talked about how I’d fit in their program.”

Wiseman said the schools recruiting him the most right now are Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Washington, Alabama, SMU, Florida, Florida State, Iowa and Iowa State and added he’s received interest from Kentucky and Duke.

What’s important to him in a college? “The first is academics. That’s important. The second is how well I can fit into their system, team chemistry, I want to win a national championship and the relationship with the coach,” Wiseman said.

Wiseman said he considers himself more of a “four” than a “five,” and mentioned he likes the way Florida State 6-foot-10 forward Jonathan Isaac and Duke 6-foot-8 forward Jayson Tatum play.

“He’s very skilled plus he can shoot the outside ball and run the floor,” Wiseman said of Tatum.

With the Bradley Beal Elite squad, Wiseman can play inside-outside with 6-foot-9, 220-pound bruising forward Francis Okoro.

“He’s a great player. We play high-low and it opens up a lot of spaces for the guards to work,” said Wiseman, whose AAU team also includes five-star point guard Darius Garland. “I can play 10, 15 feet out and I can shoot.”

As far a style of offense, Wiseman said he doesn’t really have a preference and has played high-low, four-out one-in and other systems.

Just a 2019 prospect, Wiseman said he has no timeline for cutting his list and doesn’t have any visits scheduled at this point in time.

On Friday night in an 86-81 win over Nike Team Florida, Wiseman had 19 points and eight rebounds. He shot 8-for-10 from 2-point range, 3-for-4 from the line and did not attempt a 3. All eight of his made field goals came in the paint.

“I’d say that’s an ‘A,’” he said of that game. “It would have been an “A+” if I would have blocked shots.”

In his first game Saturday in a 73-69 loss to CP3, Wiseman had seven points and nine rebounds. He shot 3-for-6 from 2-point range, 0-for-3 from the arc, 1-for-3 from the line and had one blocked shot. All three of his made field goals came in the paint.


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