TOC: Wallace Likes State

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Eric Wallace will be suiting up for Hargrave Military Academy next year after playing his junior season at Kernersville (NC) Glenn, and the wing forward's talents were on display this past weekend at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions.

Eric Wallace will be suiting up for Hargrave Military Academy next year after playing his junior season at Kernersville (NC) Glenn, and the wing forward's talents were on display this past weekend at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions.

Wallace stood out as he helped lead D-One Sports deep into the playoffs of the Select Division. The 6-foot-6, 230-pound wing just oozes with potential. He's athletic and he has the frame of a college player right now. Wallace plays inside for D-One, as he is one of the team's tallest players, and flashed his talents against the Juice All-Stars. He was dominant on the offensive and defensive boards, pulling down 11-second half rebounds to go along with double-digit points.

"I'm just trying to do the things to help my team win," Wallace said. "We have a lot of talented players and you can't waste time demanding the ball and worrying about your self."

Wallace plays primarily a combo forward for D-One, but implied he will be playing on the wing in college.

"Every day I'm working on my ball handling and my body," Wallace said. "I'm trying to fine tune a lot of things, but most important are my guard skills."

Wallace will take his game to Virginia next season. He is leaving Glenn to play better competition and focus on academics at Hargrave Military Academy, one of the nation's top prep schools. The change in scenery will likely help Wallace's recruitment, but he doesn't need much help in that area as he is already a coveted prospect.

Wallace already claims offers from NC State, Wake Forest, North Carolina, Baylor, Virginia, and Clemson, but insisted he has yet to narrow his list of schools.

"It's pretty much the same as before," he said. "It's wide open, but hopefully I'll be able to sit down with my family and make a decision before my senior season."

One program expected to track his development is NC State. New head coach Sidney Lowe has stated he wants to recruit the best players and oustanding athletes to play in an up-tempo system. Wallace certainly fits the bill. He acknowledged he has kept in touch with Wolfpack assistant Larry Harris and was interested in meeting the rest of the coaching staff.

"I know they just acquired Sidney Lowe," Wallace said. "I'm looking forward to meeting him. I know he's coached on the ultimate level of basketball, which is exciting. NC State is one of the best public universities in the nation and would a great school to play for."


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