|This story originally published on MusketeerReport.com|
One of the more important and talented visitors at Xavier’s Musketeer Madness event was Tyler Wideman. The class of 2014 prospect from Saint John (Ind.) Lake Central High School made the trip down with his AAU coach and liked what he saw.
Wideman feels practices are off to a great start and that Lake Central is ready to compete this year.
“Practices are going good,” said Wideman. “They are real competitive. We have Glenn Robinson on our team and he brings a college atmosphere to practice. People have been playing real hard, and we are ready for a great season.”
Mostly known as an interior player who does his damage close to the rim, Wideman is anxious to show his surprising skill level and how he has developed since the summer.
“I am looking forward to playing and being an all-around player,” said Wideman. “I have improved on the defensive end, and also I am ready to show off my 15 foot jumper which has gotten much better.”
About his trip to Xavier, Wideman said, “It was nice, it was real nice. The gym is like an NBA arena. They don’t have a football team so it is the big sport on campus, and everything revolves around basketball. The arena is real nice and Musketeer Madness was a good atmosphere.”
Wideman is being recruited by assistant coach Travis Steele. He says Xavier and Steele are hoping to get him to campus again in the not too distant future.
“They just tell me that they want to get me down for a few games,” Wideman explained. “Xavier is right up there with anybody else in my recruitment.”
Another school involved with Wideman is Michigan. The Wolverines have Robinson already in the fold, and while he isn't working on Wideman, Robinson does tell him about the school.
“Glenn doesn’t really talk about the school that much,” Wideman said of Michigan. “He just tells me to go out there and check out the school for myself. He just talks about how competitive it is during open gym and stuff like that.”
When taking visits and talking to coaches, Wideman is already taking stock of what he is looking for, though no decision is coming shortly.
“The environment is very important,” said Wideman. “I am looking at the school itself, location, and just the overall feel I get from each school.”
Wideman projects as one of the best prospects in Indiana’s 2014 class, and already is becoming a player in high demand.