Wesley Staten Gets Plenty of Interest

Wesley Staten, a 6-foot-2 guard from Sioux City, committed to Iowa State as a freshman. However, he recently de-committed after a coaching change. That has caused several top programs, including Minnesota to show interest in him. GoldenSports.Net recently caught up with Staten to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Wesley Staten played for Sioux City West the past two years, the same schools as Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich. He is playing for the Kingdom Hoops AAU program, which is coached by former Tartan and Iowa State standout Jake Sullivan. Staten played with the K.C. Cowboys last year with good friend and top 2012 prospect Perry Ellis.

Staten averaged 22.4 points per game as the Wolves finished 4-17 this season. Staten averaged 18.1 points as a freshman and was the leader in assists (79) and blocked shots (18) as they had a 13-10 record that season and finished third in the Missouri River Activities Conference with a 5-5 record. He earned second team all-state honors as a freshman

Staten started his sophomore season by scoring 40 points in a season-opening 79-58 loss to South Sioux City. He followed with 38 points in 66-54 loss to North and had nine other games with 25 or more points.

Staten is hearing from a variety of schools such as Iowa State, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Stanford, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Florida, and Creighton.

GoldenSports.Net recently caught up with Staten to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Where are you going to be playing next season?

"I am going to be playing at Sioux City Bishop Heelan. I wanted to be around a better environment and I just wasn't getting what I needed at West. I just need to be pushed and be in a better environment that can make me go farther and be in a better crowd of people that are trying to go where I'm trying to go. At the end of the day, the people that I work out with are trying to go the same place I'm trying to go and achieve the same dream. So, it is always to be around positive people like that."

Heelan has had excellent teams recently with Brendan Cougill (who was a freshman at Iowa this year) and Zack McCabe (who signed with Iowa in the fall). What will they be like next year?

"They have some really athletic players. We have Alex Malloy, who plays for our 17's. He is really athletic. We are not going to as last year or the year before with Cougill, who was 6-7 or 6-9. We are really quick. Our tallest guy will be like 6-6, so we are really athletic. We are going to get out and run more than we have in the past years."

What is the latest on your recruitment? You had committed to Iowa State in November of your freshman year.

"Recently, I de-committed. I did it in the right way. Everyone is all right with it because Coach McDermott left. I talked to him and I sent a letter in to Jeff Pollard (Iowa State athletic director) and Coach (Jeff) Rutter, telling them that Coach McDermott has left the school and I want to open my commitment back up and go visit other schools, which I haven't got to do in the past year, so that is a big step."

What schools are you hearing from right now?

"Coach Jake Sullivan has been telling me that everyone is calling him and I am getting a lot of interest. I am just trying to focus on winning games right now and let the other things take care of themselves. Coach Sullivan told me that it is blowing up and it is bigger than I think it is. I haven't really talked to me about it. I'm just letting it take care of itself and go with the flow. I'm sure that he is going to tell me. We've just been so busy playing. I'm letting it take care of itself."

Have you thought much about what camps you might attend this summer?

"I think that I am going to be able to attend a few. Coach Sullivan was talking to me about it and we are going to get together and talk about that in the next week or so."

What are you working on to improve yourself as a player?

"Right now, I am really working on, pulling up. Working on my pull-up jumper. Really becoming a really consistent shooter because the drive and attack is there. I am working on a lot of different moves to get me open. I am working on a lot of footwork. That is what I am been working on with Brandon Wooster, a guy that plays overseas in a camp over there every Thursday. A lot of footwork, coming off screens, stepping in. I am working on a little bit of everything this summer. I'm just trying to get better at everything."

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