Open Gym: Eric Wallace

<b>KERNERSVILLE, N.C. –</b> One of the nation's finest sophomores worked out in an open gym setting at was there. Eric Wallace and a few members of the D-One Sports squad hooped it up Monday evening.

At this time last year, Eric Wallace was a name without a reputation. A September 2003 AAU event had put him on the map, but he wasn't nationally known. After a summer in which he was exceptional at the Reebok ABCD Camp, Wallace slipped into our 2007 Top 10.

Monday evening, the Kernersville (N.C.) Glenn standout played pickup for a few hours with a squad of kids from the area and off his D-One Sports AAU team. Wallace is filling out his 6-foot-5 plus frame nicely these days, even relishing the fact that he's getting up 215 in the weight room with little effort.

One thing he's not concerned with right now is recruiting. With offers from nearby Wake Forest, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia Tech and Clemson, Wallace will never have to worry about the rising costs of education, that's for sure. In fact, right now, he says it's not even on his mind.

"I'm thinking about the 10th grade and the exams I have on Thursday and Friday," Wallace said.

"I'm keeping my options open."

Can you blame him? Remember your sophomore year when the most important element of the 10th grade was getting your driver's license? Well, Wallace is no different.

On Monday night, he wasn't the only Division I player in the gym at Glenn. Matt Gwynne, a 6-foot-8 power forward from Raleigh Ravenscroft was in town and putting in work. Since we last saw him in the summer, Gwynne has improved markedly. Gwynne had a great run and mid and high-major programs will continue to monitor his development throughout the next year.

Sam Grooms, a 2007 point man out of Greensboro continues to make strides with his game as does Ravon Banks, a 2007 wing out of Fayetteville. Zolinar Banks, a 6-foot-4 2005 guard out of Glenn is transforming himself into a D-I player too.

Others In Attendance – 2006 wing Travis Cooper, 2006 PG Traveil Swilley, 2008 forward Maurice Marley, 2006 PF John Fields, 2005 forward Eric Hall, 2007 guard Chris Turner and 2006 point P.J. Taylor.

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