By the start of their respective senior years, some highly sought basketball recruits have pared their list to a few schools, or already made a commitment. That's not the case with Racine, Wisc., standout Jamil Wilson, who lists Kentucky among a large handful of schools he's considering.
Wilson, a 6-foot-6, 200-pound senior, is rated the No. 5 small forward and No. 35 player in the Class of 2009. KentuckySportsReport.com caught up with him recently for an update on his recruitment.
"Not much really. I was supposed to be in Texas this weekend but with high school sports starting and me being a senior captain, I couldn't leave," he said. "I was supposed to go to Michigan State on September 20th but I have a volleyball tournament," Wilson said. "Nothing is really set up. I have to talk to my sister about that because she is the one that is [coordinating] all of that."
Wilson's final seven is as follows: Texas, Michigan State, Kentucky, Purdue, Duke, Marquette and Oregon. He said he'll take official visits to the schools that are outside of driving range, a foursome that includes UK.
"They started recruiting me at the end of my sophomore year," said Wilson, a former top-ten player in his class who averaged 18.3 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.0 blocks as a junior.
"I talked to [assistant] coach Tracy Webster a lot and he tells me all about the school, but other than that, I don't know a lot about them," he said. "He mostly tells me that my freshman year they'll need a guard-slash-forward that can play the wing and just attack the basket, and he sees me playing" that role.
Wilson has versatility that's prompted Scout.com National Recruiting Director Dave Telep to compare him to former UNC star Marvin Williams. We asked the do-it-all box score-stuffer what he's looking for in a school.
"I'm looking for a good academic school, of course, another family to jump into with the guys, and a style of play, a nice tempo that I can fit into. And I'm looking to play right away. I'd love to jump in and get started right away," he said.
Wilson added that despite his familiarity with the Big 10, he's not leaning toward playing in any particular conference. With volleyball and basketball in back-to-back seasons, he'll have to squeeze his visits into the cracks in between. He'd like to make his commitment March 8 as a tribute to his mother's birthday.
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