2016 Australian Institute of Sports guard Tom Wilson decided three days ago that SMU was the place he wanted to be and committed to Larry Brown on Tuesday morning following his visit to SMU on Oct. 7.
I think it was probably a tie between my opportunity to play and also the people around the program that made me commit,” Wilson told Pony Stampede. “I just got a really good vibe from all the guys in the program.”
The campus impressed Wilson when he visited. The 6-4, 180-pound guard got to meet with different support programs, the team and coaching staff.
I was blown away with the whole campus. It had a really good feel about it and it's just an amazing campus,” Wilson said. “I had meetings with the academics and compliance people along with athletic trainers and got to watch the team practice too which was great, then obviously had meals with all the coaching staff and meetings with them too.”
The staff sold Wilson on his ability to grow and develop under Brown and Tim Jankovich’s tutelage. SMU point guard Nic Moore talked with Wilson about what it’s like to play under Brown.
“Nic Moore came out for lunch with me and it was great to talk with him. Obviously with him being a point and myself being a point it was just really cool to talk with him.”
The Australian U17 captain plans on majoring in business. While on campus, sitting down with Brown and Jankovich gave him an even better feeling.
“My conversations with Larry were awesome he's a really humble and down to earth guy he was a huge part along with Jank that made me end up choosing SMU.”
Brown’s history with Allen Iverson is well-known to Wilson, who told Fox Sports Australia that he’s known Brown’s history since he was around 11 years old.
“He’s coached some of he greatest players of all time so he knows what it takes to get to the highest level, so that’s what excited me the most; that I know that he’s going to push me to become the best player I can be,” Wilson told Olgan Uluc.
As far as his fellow Australian Harry Froling, Wilson will try to recruit the big man as well.
“I’ll try my best to get Harry on board and we are really close friends but at the end of the day it's his decision and he needs to choose what's best for him but I would love the opportunity to play alongside him again at SMU,” he told Pony Stampede.
Wilson will get to SMU in June after signing this November and he has one message for SMU fans.
“I think I just wanna tell SMU fans that I'm ready to bring a winning attitude and I'm ready along with the rest of the guys to create something really special and hopefully compete for an NCAA title.”
Wilson is SMU’s second commit in the 2016 class along with Dashawn McDowell.