College Basketball has become a game of recruiting. Coaches travel near and far, using every contact they've got to find the best talent possible. Sometimes however, coaches get lucky and stumble upon a quality player that they did not previously know about.
This was the case when 2013 prospect Luke Wilshire traveled to California for yet another AAU tournament.
"[Coach Slocum] was watching a different court. He saw me come down, glanced over, and saw me hit 4 threes in a row. He picked up his notebook, came over, and watched the rest of our game."
Since that time, Utah has shown significant interest in the 6'4, 180 pound Shooting Guard prospect from Johnson High School in San Antonio, Texas.
"My main strength is the 3 point shot. That's where I'm most deadly. I'm a 2 or 3 guard, and I can also play some point guard depending on where the coach needs me. If I have a smaller guy guarding me, my height becomes an advantage so I can post him up. But yeah, there's not really a range beyond the arc that my coach doesn't let me shoot from. If there's nobody within an arm's length of me, I can pull up and knock it down."
Wilshire has range that surprises nearly everybody that watches him play. Wilshire has no fear to pull up and shoot the ball if given even the slightest of space.
"In AAU season, I pulled from 10 feet beyond the arc and made them. I got a lot of attention from scouts and fans. My coach says that when I step on the court, that's my range. He gives me the green light."
Wilshire averaged 18 points per game as a sophomore at Johnson High, making an average of four 3-pointers per game. In AAU this summer, Wilshire averaged 22 points per game, shooting nearly 43% from 3 point land.
"I think the AAU season really helped me, playing in Vegas and California. It really helped with exposure."
Wilshire does not have any formal written offers yet, but has received interest from over 20 schools, including UTSA, Mt Saint Mary's, Citadel, Lafayette, San Diego, Bucknell, Washington State, Dartmoth, Pepperdine, Pacific, San Jose St, Missouri State, Davidson, SMU, Army, Utah, Boise State, Texas State, Belmont, and Air Force.
The sharp shooter says that the schools showing the most interest are UTSA (from right down the street), Lafayette, Washington State, Utah and Davidson.
UTSA, Davidson, SMU, Army, Air Force, and Utah all have watched Wilshire work out. Wilshire's primary recruiter at the University of Utah is assistant coach Demarlo Slocum.
When asked what stands out about the University of Utah's basketball program, Wilshire has heard positive things about the University, and the city.
"Utah stood out because it's a major D1 school. 3 people I know have been up to Salt Lake City and said it's a beautiful campus and everything, and the coaches seem like good guys that I'd like to get to know better. [Utah] is an unknown to me. I'll head up there next month and check it out from there."
"I'm looking for a basketball team that plays to my strengths. I'm a shooter that runs around screens and spots up when the PG drives. Not so much a transition team."
"My dad is planning on doing some unofficial visits to a lot of schools in California, and the University of Utah. I think we're coming up there (to Utah) on the 7th, and will watch the football game."
Wilshire's decision will come "probably after my junior year season of AAU, and before my senior year of basketball."
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