Kent inks prep standout Wilson to NLI

EUGENE, Ore. -- Head coach Ernie Kent announced Wednesday that Jamil Wilson has signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the Oregon men's basketball team. Wilson, a 6-foot-7, 215-pounder from Racine Wis., is ranked as a top player nationally by ESPNU and recruiting services.

Wilson joins fellow prep player E.J. Singler (Medford, Ore.; South Medford HS) and junior college transfer Jeremy Jacob (Baton Rouge, La.; Chipola College) who have also signed NLIs to play for the Ducks.

"Jamil Wilson is an exceptional basketball player," Kent said. "When people see him play, they are going to see a 6-7 highly skilled basketball player. Those players are hard to find and are extremely difficult to guard."

Wilson was recently selected to play in the 2009 Jordan Brand Classic, an all-star game featuring 24 of the nation's top high school seniors. This year's contest will be played Saturday, April 18, at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Tip-time is slated for 5 p.m. (PT), and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

Wilson is ranked 31st overall and fourth at the small forward position by ESPNU. He is the nation's 35th-best player and the No. 5 small forward according to, a service that has Wilson listed as a four-star recruit.

Wilson is coming off a senior season where he led Horlick High School to a 24-2 record en route to earning player of the year honors for Racine County. He averaged 21.2 points, 10.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 2.8 blocks and 1.4 steals per contest during his senior campaign.

"Jamil is an outstanding passer and has really developed his perimeter game," Kent said. "He shoots the ball well and has a very high basketball IQ."

Wilson and the Rebels advanced to the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Division I state championship this season, falling in the title game to Madison Memorial High School, 56-41. In the loss, Wilson had nine points, 10 boards, a steal and a block in 23 minutes of action.

Wilson had 24 points in Horlick's opening game of the state tournament, a 55-47 win over Eau Claire North High School. The Rebels advanced to the state tournament behind Wilson's game-high 25 points, five rebounds and four blocks in a 60-49 win over Hamilton High School in the sectional final.

With the addition of Wilson, the Ducks now have six players from the Midwest on the roster. Wilson will be the third player from the Racine, Wis., area who will have worn an Oregon uniform. He joins Michael Drummond, who was Kent's teammate from 1974-77, and Alex Scales, who played under Kent from 1998-2000.

"Jamil has an opportunity to be the very best player to have come out of Racine," Kent said.

Kent sees Wilson as taylor-made for the Ducks. "I think he fits very well in terms of how we play, wanting to get up and down in transition," he said. "Jamil can score off the dribble, he can score by pulling up or he can hurt you by delivering the ball at the right time to the open teammate."

Wilson has competed in three sports while at Horlick High. He received all-state recognition for his prowess on the volleyball court, while also competing in the high jump and long jump for his prep track and field squad.

Wilson, Singler and Jacob make up Oregon's 2009 signees.

Singler, a 6-foot-6 forward, was recently selected the 2009 Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) 6A State Player of the Year. It is the second straight season the Ducks have inked the state's top player from the 6A level. Last year's honoree Garrett Sim, from Beaverton's Sunset High School, started 26-of-31 games for UO this past season.

Jacob, a 6-foot-8, 230-pound freshman forward, helped lead Chipola College (Fla.) to a 34-2 record this past season. Chipola finished third at the 2009 National Junior College Athletic Association Men's National Basketball Championship in Hutchinson, Kan.

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