Seattle Big Man Verbals to Huskies

Northern Illinois basketball coach Ricardo Patton went out to the Pacific Northwest to pick up a key commitment in the Class of 2009 from big man David Wink. Learn more about Wink and his decision in this report.

David Wink is a 6-10 240 lb. center, from Sammamish High School in Bellevue, Washington. Wink is currently playing for the Seattle Rotary Select AAU team in Las Vegas, Nevada. David plays with three other future Division I prospects on Rotary Select in Peyton Siva, Josh Smith, and Tony Wroten. Rotary Select won their opening game at a Las Vegas tournament today as they survived a double-overtime affair.

HuskiePride.com caught up with David's stepfather Edd Webb, who is also the head football coach at Sammamish High School. "We were looking for something that was a good combination of strong academics and athletic facilities," Webb said. "We were really impressed with NIU's GPA with their athletes over the last seven semesters. Their facilities there are just outstanding from what I've been able to gather. We were also looking for a place where the coach was going to be there for all four years. Coach Patton was at Colorado for 14 years and this is just his second year at NIU. He's built a house and is committed to staying there and building a program."

Wink averaged 12.2 points and 7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game for the Sammamish Totems last season. "He is a traditional post player," Webb shared. "He likes to be real physical and mix it up. He plays good defense and rebounds, but hasn't been under a lot of pressure to be a big scorer. His offensive game is not as developed as his defensive game."

That makes Wink a perfect fit for what Patton is looking to add to his squad. "That's something that NIU was looking for is someone who can be that role and help them out by being a physical post presence. He's ready to play that role at the college level right now."

David has not yet visited the Northern Illinois campus, but plans to take an official visit to Dekalb once school starts in the fall.

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