CW: I know that
CP: Well I think that the biggest
thing was that he had an opportunity to see some of the schools and he really
kind of narrowed things down. The three that he really was focusing on were UNI
CW: Talk about Wes's relationship with Coach McDermott and I know that Coach Rutter has been recruiting him. How long has that been going on?
CP: Well that started at the end of spring. We sent out a highlight tape of him to kind of feel things out to see who was interested in him. They responded back and invited him to their Elite Camp where he went. He performed really well down there and got a chance to play with some of their kids a little bit. Over the course of the summer he had a very good summer on his AAU team, the Nebraska Bison. Had a great summer there and was the leading scorer on the team. He did some good things and they watched the majority of his games. They kept in contact with him and he got a chance to work out for him during the second recruiting period when they can come out and watch open gyms. Then he had the opportunity to go down and visit their campus this weekend and kind of see where he fits into their system and see where they see him as a Cyclone. With all that being said, he weighed all of those options and obviously to get an offer as a junior is a pretty big step. He felt like this team really wanted him, along with UNI, they really wanted him as well. He felt that this would provide him with some better opportunities and he decided to make that decision now.
CW: What is he like as a player? Give me some strengths of his.
CP: First of all, he is a very good shooter. In terms of being a pure shooter, he can shoot the three. He can shoot the deep three. He does a lot of things that a lot of kids don't do and that's shoot the pull up. On top of that, he's 6'3, he can get inside and finish. On our team, he made 121 free throws in 21 games. He went to the line a lot for us. He can flat out score both by shooting and by getting inside and finishing. That's probably his main strength. He can handle the basketball as well. He played some point for us and off guard on his AAU team. I know that the Cyclones are looking at him as a combo-guard because he does handle and shoot the ball so well. He has very good court awareness and he's a student of the game. In terms of court presence, he makes everybody else around him better.