Wallace Hearing From Wake

Anaheim's Blake Wallace is one of the top prospects out of the state of California in 2006. DeaconSports caught up with Wallace Tuesday night to get the latest on his recruitment.

"Everything is going great right now actually," said 6'6, 185-pound small forward Blake Wallace. "Really [recruiting-wise] I'm wide open now. There's no narrowing down or anything."

Although some schools are still focused on the class of 2005, Wallace, a class of 2006 prospect, has received tons of attention from schools around the country. "In the ACC it's mostly Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, N.C. State, and FSU. Then there's UCLA, Cal, Oregon, Washington, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Florida, Connecticut, Syracuse, and all those schools. I'm not really looking for a school by weather or something like that, I'm just looking for a place to make an impact."

To date, most all of the schools Wallace listed are recruiting him hard. Georgetown is also recruiting Wallace hard and has piqued his interest. "Most of those have recruited me pretty hard, that's why they're all up there," Wallace said of his list. "The ones I'm open with are the ones showing interest."

It's hard for a California prospect to take a visit to the west, but Wallace did just that several weeks ago. "I went to Hawaii," Wallace said. "They offered. I went to UCLA when I got back. I didn't really make a lot of visits over the summer, though."

Now, the 6'6 forward looks forward to his 2004-2005 basketball season as well as college hoops. "It starts November 29 and our first practice is next week," Wallace said. "We're just training and running. Definitely, I'm having big hopes and dreams. It should be an interesting season. I think we can win states." Wallace's squad made the semifinals of the state tournament this past year.

Along with his focus on his junior season, Wallace is also highly anticipating college basketball. "I actually am really excited about watching college basketball this year," he noted. "I think Wake has a great chance to win a national championship and I think Chris Paul is great, great player. I think 5-6 teams in the ACC [are very good this] year."

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