Rising Soph Getting Looks

Riverdale Baptist's Chad Wilson is drawing interest from a number of big time programs. Jeff Ermann with more inside.

The first time Chad Wilson was profiled in Sports Illustrated, he was a 12-year-old kid coming off multiple consecutive AAU national championships with Team Maryland. OK, so it was Sports Illustrated For Kids, but you get the point: Wilson has been on the national radar for a while.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound rising sophomore at Riverdale Baptist has been nationally rated since his pre-teen years, and that hasn’t changed. He’s considered one of the top point guards in the class of 2009, which is reflected in the growing amount of recruiting mail he’s been receiving.

“I’m getting mail from Maryland, Georgetown, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Illinois, Wisconsin and a few more,” he said.

Unfortunately, what would have been a summer committed to proving – and perhaps even upgrading – his national standing was cut short when Wilson broke his right wrist during a game early this summer. He was scheduled to play with Team Assault all summer, but is instead has been working on his conditioning and strength.

Wilson, who averaged 13 points and 5 assists while starting for Riverdale as a freshman, grew up as a Duke fan and would love to be recruited by the Blue Devils. But as most would expect of a 15-year-old, he’s wide open at this point.

On Duke: “I just like the way they play. With Coach K, they’re always competitive and they’re always winning.”

On Georgetown: “I love their offense, the way they run it. They’re well-coached.”

On Maryland: “They were down but they’re coming back up now. I like the ACC a lot. I think I want to play in the ACC when I get to college.”

He’s coached at Riverdale by longtime Washington-area coach Lou Wilson, who also happens to be his uncle. Wilson, who has coached players such as Sheray Thomas (Kentucky) and 2007 stars Michael Beasley and Nolan Smith in recent years, said his nephew’s strengths are his great quickness, aggressiveness on defense and ability to get to the basket.

He also said he wouldn’t mind seeing Chad stay in the area for his college career.

“I’d love to see a Chad Wilson or a Darnell Dodson (Pitt) or any of the local top players go to Maryland. I’m certainly in favor of kids staying home and playing for the local university,” he said.

“I’m definitely going to push Chad to keep his options open for the University of Maryland when that time comes.”

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