May Classic Spotlight: David Wear

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The past two months have been tough for David Wear, as he was sidelined for a number of spring tournaments. But the North Carolina commitment made his 2008 AAU debut with the SoCal All-Stars this weekend at the adidas May Classic.

In Wear's first game back he showed off a solid skill set, but did struggle from the field. Although his shots weren't going down, his mid-range jumpers did look good and he scored a few baskets around the bucket.

"This is my first game back for about six weeks," said the 6-10, 220-pound rising senior. "I was out for a while because I had mono. I was just trying to get adjusted to playing again. I think I did all right. My conditioning is pretty good. I could have been more of a force inside and be more physical a little bit."

"I'm not in as good condition as I was before I got mono, as far as working out goes," Wear continued. "I'm able to work out, but I feel like I'm not as strong as I should be right now."

On Saturday in his second game of the tournament, Wear bounced back against Full Package Elite. Not only did he get to the free throw line on a number of occasions, but he also dropped in a sweet left jump hook on the right block and again utilized his mid-range jumper.

In January, David – along with his brother Travis -- made the decision to attend North Carolina. The Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei standout said the early decision made the spring a much easier time period.

"I'm really excited," he said. "I feel like we both really made a great choice in choosing the University of North Carolina. We are both looking forward to it and we don't have the pressure of having to do a hundred different tournaments in the spring and summer. We are able to just relax and hit the weight room and get bigger and stronger to prepare for college."

David and Travis led their high school team to a state championship this past season. For the season, David said he averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds per contest. While his brothers' averages were very similar, he mentioned that they each have a different style.

"I think he's more of a banger, where I'm more of a slasher," David Wear said. "He's more of a dribble drive all the way to the hoop, where I'll take the one or two dribble pull-up jumpers and shoot from the outside. He likes to get closer to the rim and do things around the hoop."

The Wears aren't planning on playing in many events the rest of the year. They'll go with S.C.A. to the Tournament of Champions in North Carolina during Memorial Day Weekend and then will play in the NBPA Camp in mid-June.

Following those events, the Wears will likely spend the rest of the summer working out and training for the USA Basketball tryouts in Washington (D.C.).

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