Cards involved with athletic forward Eric Wallace

North Carolina, Wake Forest and Florida have been actively recruiting 6-foot-6 Eric Wallace, an athletically gifted small forward from Winston-Salem, NC, for quite some time. Now, the Louisville Cardinals appear interested in joining the race for Wallace's considerable talents.

Despite his considerable athletic talents, 6-foot-6 Eric Wallace from Winston-Salem, NC, has witnessed his stock head south this summer.

Already blessed with an NBA-caliber body - he packs 220-pounds of lean muscle on his 6-6 frame - not to mention a deceptively quick first step, the rising junior has few peers nationally that are as athletically gifted. However, it's his jump shot - or lack of one - that has hurt him in the eye's of many talant evaluators (Wallace made just 9-37 shots at ABCD, including 0-7 from beyond the arch).

That might be one of the main reasons Wallace now says his recruitment has hit a bit of a lull.

"It's kind of slowed down right now," admitted Wallace.

ACC powers North Carolina and Wake Forest have been recruiting Wallace for some time now, and are considered among his favorites. He also attended Billy Donovan's basketball camp at the University of Florida in early June. Though those three programs are presumed strong in his recruitment, Wallace isn't ready to shut the door on potential suitors.

"I don't have any favorites, and I'm keeping my door wide open right now," he said.


Wallace has few peers athletically.
Besides the Tar Heels, Demon Deacons and Gators, Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals have also recently started showing interest in the athletic small forward.

"(Louisville's) been in contact for some time about both Eric and Marshall Moses," Wallace's AAU coach Brian Clifton said. "Coach Pitino does a great job with his program."

Wallace spoke favorably about Louisville when asked about his possible interest in the Cardinals.

"They have a good program, and the guys seem to have fun," Wallace said. "A lot of the players get to the next level and that's a great school to go to."

After posting modest numbers at ABCD - 4.2 points and 2.8 rebounds - Wallace's focus for the time being is to improve his skills - namely his inconsistent outside shot - and prove to college coaches during the July evaluation period that he can play at the highest level.

"I'm trying to get my game to the next level, and impress the college coaches (this month)," said Wallace.

Though it's only natural to assume the North Carolina native would love to stay home for college where he would be close to family and friends,Wallace says he's keeping an open-mind regarding the location of his eventual college destination. Asked if he'd leave home for college, Wallace responded affirmatively, "Oh yes. Location really doesn't matter as long as that's where God wants me to be and it's the program best for me. I'll go where ever I need to go."

A 4.0 student that is active in his community - he started a basketball clinic for young kids this summer - finding a college that can help further his educational pursuits will play a major factor in his decision.

"Academics," Wallace said of his top priority when choosing a school. "My mom and dad drill me to be a good student and always get A's and B's."

What will he be looking for basketball-wise?

"A great coaching staff," Wallace said. "They've got to be able to develop me the right way so I can get the most out of basketball."

Wallace has no time-table set for making a decision and said he'll turn more ofhis focus toward his recruitment after a busy schedule of summer hoops winds down.

"After the summer, I plan to sit down with my family and see where my (recruitment) is at," said Wallace.


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