RACINE, WI - The end of the high school basketball season didn't slow down Racine Horlick's Jamil Wilson any. Wilson moves easily from the basketball court, to the volleyball court to the asphalt track.
Wilson's junior season ended when Horlick lost in sectional play to Brookfield Central. It wasn't Wilson's fault. He scored 37 points and 14 rebounds in the loss. He averaged 18.2 points per game for the Rebels who's season ended at 19-4.
Wilson, a member of USA Basketball's under-17 team told GSN "I play with Korie Lucious a lot, I mean he lives like 20 minutes away from me," said Wilson, "that wasn't anything new for me." He said Lucious never stops jokingly recruiting him to the Spartans.
"In a joking kind of manner, you know? Everytime, I see him he says 'so....you going to Michigan State yet?' He likes to crack some jokes (while he's doing it). I'm sure he'd like to have me over there as a player but it's a joking around thing with me and him," said Wilson.
The two were also named first team All-Area by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
He told GSN he enjoyed the experience of playing on that USA Basketball squad against players who sounded like a virtual who's who of prep basketball.
"I got to play with Melvin Lee, Delvon Roe, Jrue Holiday, JaMarcus Cousins, Scottie Hobson, Tyreke Evans, Evan Walden, Greg Monroe, I mean I got to play against a bunch of guys up there." he said.
Wilson said he hasn't yet begun to eliminate teams from his list but says the time is approaching where he'd like to reduce his list down to a manageable five.
Of the teams that have contacted him and are presumably in the running are Indiana, Illinois, Iowa State, Ohio State, Purdue, Michigan, Marquette and Wisconsin, but GSN wanted to know about Michigan State's involvement.
The answer was surprising.
"I haven't heard from them since the basketball season started," said Wilson. When we followed-up he said he thought it was around last September or October. He told GSN, despite that, he still hasn't eliminated the Spartans and is still interested in them.
We asked about his perception that because Tom Crean and, (at the time, Marquette's head coach now the head coach at Indiana University) was interested in him, that MSU and Crean's good friend, head coach Tom Izzo had backed off on him.
Wilson stated - although he did say that - he felt the quote was a bit overblown and that he had heard from others that Crean and Izzo don't normally like to go head-to-head for recruits.
For the time being, Wilson is taking part in AAU basketball, his team, Playground Elite (formerly Playground Warriors), have already begun play and that he's using the track season and volleyball to keep himself in shape and prepare for what he hopes will be a successful senior season.
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