Wallace Ready To Shine

Eric Wallace has been working hard preparing for the summer circuit. Friday night at the King James Shooting Stars Classis he spoke about his play and his recruitment.

Not being able to play last weekend has had Eric Wallace thinking. The 6-6 guard out of Kernersville (NC) Glenn realizes that his AAU time is coming to an end and it's time for him to make the most of it.

"I was out last week, but all week I was training," Wallace said Saturday evening. "My dad he stressed to me that this is my last summer and I need to do what I do."

When Wallace popped onto the scene a few years ago he was ranked very high by most scouts and was being heralded as one of the next great high school players. However, Wallace seemed to tall off a little and his game didn't improve as much as many expected.

So this past year Wallace has been working hard to prove his critics wrong and get his game to the next level.

"I've been working on all aspects of my game," Wallace stated. "A good wing player has to be able to shoot the jumper a little a bit. I've been in the gym day and night, in school or after school. I'm just trying to get better and perfect it."

Wallace's jump shot looked better Friday as he knocked down a step-in 15 footers. However, the D-One Sports lost to the Cleveland Basketball Club's 16 and Under team.

On Saturday there will be tons of college coaches roaming Akron University, home of the King James Shooting Stars Tournament, and Wallace will most likely be getting a number of looks.

He said his recruitment really hasn't changed much, except for a few non-ACC schools that have entered the picture. Connecticut, Louisville and Florida are three schools that he said have been showing him interest recently.

Wake Forest and North Carolina have always been strong with Wallace and he touched on both programs and how they have an advantage over the other schools recruiting him.

"You could say the location factor is an advantage they have," he said about the Tar Heels and Demon Deacons. "It's easier for me to get a good relationship with the coaches face to face, with Carolina only being an hour a way and Wake Forest only being 10 minutes away. They kind of have an advantage as far as comfort level."

Don't expect much change in his recruitment until August when he decides on five schools to take official visits too. Are there any early leaders for those visits?

"I'm not sure it depends on the coaches and the relationship with the coaches and I'll do some internet research. They're not recruiting me I'm recruiting them too."

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