Basketball prospect eyes MSU, vice-versa

SpartansInsider.com analyst Ryan Wallace recently sat down with basketball prospect Delonzo Wilkins, gathering his thoughts on Michigan State and his future. Just how serious is Wilkins about the Spartans, and vice-versa? Find out now!

Most high school sophomores are just learning how to drive a car, but Delonzo Wilkins has been driving down lanes since he was a kid.

The talents of this 6-foot-5, 215-pound sophomore forward from Grand Rapids Central High has already caught the attention of MSU head coach Tom Izzo.

Wilkins made an unofficial visit to the campus last fall and took in a football game with Izzo, as well as a tour of the basketball facilities and the campus.

He said he enjoyed his time in East Lansing and the opportunity to meet some of the players.

"I’ve never been to a campus that big before," Wilkins said. "It was nice to see the court that I’ve seen on T.V. growing up, in person, and to see how big these players are – it was a great experience."

He said he also enjoyed his first encounter with sometimes fiery and intense coach.

"He’s a great guy, and he’s very funny too," Wilkins said.

This past season Wilkins, who earned honorable mention honors from The Grand Rapids Press’s 2003 All-area dream team, helped his squad to a tie atop the Grand Rapids City League conference with Ottawa Hills.

Wilkins has not been offered a scholarship by any school at this time, and said he’s going to take in the whole recruiting process.

"If a school calls me and is interested in me I’m going to be taking trips," he said. "I’m just going to look around and have fun."

Wilkins did not mention any other teams at this time besides MSU that have sought after him, but did admit he was cheering for the Spartans against Texas in the south regional final.

Because of his size in high school, Wilkins has been primarily a low-post player, but he knows his total game still needs some work if he’s wants to play Division I basketball.

"I’m going to be working hard on shooting the 3-pointer and my dribbling, too," he said. Wilkins, has already started his summer touring circuit and will be making a stop in Lansing for a tournament on April 19.

He said he’s close with two future Spartans, Drew Naymick and Drew Neitzel, who he’s been playing AAU basketball with for most of his life.

Wilkins said the three of them hangout together during tournaments and just have a good time. He added that he has talked to Naymick, who will be a freshman at MSU next year, about the Spartans and what they have to offer.

"He told me not to even think about right now and take your time before you make the decision," Wilkins said.

The junior-to-be said he’s excited about playing out his last two years at Grand Rapids Central before deciding where he’ll go to continue the maturation of his game.


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