The news travelled quickly today from Seattle that Toledo (Wash.) power forward Artem Wallace is on the cusp of committing to the Washington Huskies. Stanford fans are not happy to learn of this news given Wallace's ranking as the #1 power forward on the West Coast in the 2005 class. When we last reported on the Russian-born post player, he spoke highly of the Cardinal, but now he is singing Husky tunes morning, noon and night. Fresh off his first and likely last official visit, he is sold on UW.
"I'm pretty close to a commitment," Wallace declares. "I just feel that UW could be a better place for me. It would be nice to be closer to home - I could drive home on weekends."
"I just feel UW is the right place," he continues to explain his imminent decision. "I really do like the coach and team. It's a place I feel comfortable. I think my relationship with the coach is the biggest thing. That seems to go really well."
The 6'8" frontcourt prize says that he has been recruited also by Oregon, Oregon State, Washington State and Stanford. But none of them have given him the love that Lorenzo Romar and the Huskies have doled out.
"I don't think anybody is as interested in me as UW - not enough to give me a scholarship right now," he professes.
It seems surprising that only Washington has taken the plunge with a scholarship offer to this talented post prize. That might be part of the undoing of the programs who lament his loss in the coming days. Wallace is home tonight but leaves tomorrow (Friday) for Southern California for the Pangos All-American Camp in Cypress. That runs through Sunday, when he will return home.
"When I get back, that's when I'll make a commitment if I have one," the Russian rebounder forecasts.
One dimension where Cardinalmaniacs™ are querying is Wallace's admissions application status for Stanford. He says that he has filled most of the application out, but has not yet completed it.
"I might do it," he opines on the subject of finishing the paperwork. "I wouldn't take that long."
But with the timeline he is likely to follow for a Sunday commitment, his admissions status may not matter much for the Cardinal coaching staff.
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