USA: Jamil Wilson Spotlight

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- As well as Jamil Wilson has played this spring, it isn't shocking to hear him talk about how he's being recruited at such a high level. Unfortunately, outside of basketball, he's had to deal with a very personal tragedy.

"I went through some terrible and tough times, but to come out and play the way I did was really good," Wilson said at the USA Basketball Men's Youth Development Festival.

Wilson is referring to the passing of his mother, which occurred on March 31st.

"I was playing basketball and then I found out around. I went through a drastic time and it was tough. My teammates, my family and my friends helped me through it. I'm still struggling at times and I try to reflect back on it. I know she is in a better place."

Although his mind has clearly been in other places, the 6-foot-7 combo forward has still managed to play high quality basketball. Not only has he emerged as one of the best players in the class, but also his recruitment has hit a new level.

"I'm pretty excited about how the spring went," he said. "Recruiting is shocking and surprising. Where I'm from it's a small town and no one has been recruited like this. It's a big deal to me, to everyone else it's little, but it's a blessing."

Among the schools making Wilson a priority are Wisconsin, DePaul, Marquette, Minnesota, Texas, Kansas, North Carolina, Michigan State and Ohio State.

"A lot of coaches have been calling my dad the past couple of weeks. A lot of coaches are just now getting in and I'm learning about them. I'm getting ready to make my list soon, probably the start of my junior year."

While he hasn't begun taking visits, he was on North Carolina's campus for the Tournament of Champions, but was unable to tour the campus and meet with the staff due to recruiting regulations.

"Actually assistant coach Joe Holladay called me and my father this past Monday, and they were talking about how they would have loved to show me the campus while I was down there, but it would have been illegal. They are showing interest as of the last month."

This week Wilson is participating in the USA Festival against the top prospects in the 2008 and 2009 classes. Wilson has shown that he's a high level athlete that is transitioning from the post to the wing.

"It's a blast," he said about the USA Festival. "I'm enjoying it to the fullest. I've never been selected for anything like this, maybe a little hometown camp or something."

Following the USA Men's Youth Development Festival, Wilson will participate in RBK U and then play with the Wisconsin Playground Warriors 17's team for the rest of spring.

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