Big Time Recap - Artem Wallace

Artem Wallace is a 6-8, 225-pound forward/center prospect from Toledo, Washington, and Wallace has already verbally committed to the University of Washington to play basketball starting in 2005. In the meantime, Artem is spending the summer playing AAU ball for Portland Panthers (OR) Red. Kim Grinolds caught up with Wallace while Artem was in Las Vegas for the Reebok Big Time tournament.

While most of the seniors-to-be in the tournament are looking to the Big Time as a way to impress the many college coaches in attendance, Artem doesn't have to worry about the recruiting process anymore. He wouldn't have it any other way. "It's way easier now," Wallace told "I don't get tons of mail anymore and I don't have to answer phone calls and call coaches. It's a lot easier. They all kind of fell off. I'm happy with it, to be honest."

Washington and Stanford were the two schools to have offered scholarships to Wallace at the time of his commitment, according to Artem. "Their were other schools who said they were interested, but they wanted me to take an official visit first," he said.

So now it's all about the summer circuit, and the Panthers have been pulling in some hefty frequent-flyer mileage. They have played in tournaments in Houston, Las Vegas, the Rose City Showcase in Portland, as well as a tournament in Vancouver, Washington, where they lost to Seattle Rotary in the finals. PPR will finish with the Best of Summer tournament in Los Angeles before Artem heads back to Toledo, a sleepy town on the I-5 corridor between Chehalis and Castle Rock.

Back to the Big Time. When Kim spoke to Artem PPR were 2-2 in tournament play and had just defeated Fox Valley Skillz (WI) White 81-59. Wallace had 12 points in the win. They would eventually lose in the semis of open bracket #5 to Arizona Magic Blue, a team with another UW commit - Harvey Perry.

We asked Artem about the difference between high school ball and the summer circuit. "At Toledo I get double and triple-teamed," he said. "It's a lot easier going up against one good guy than going up against two or three crappy, tiny guys. It's a lot more fun on the circuits. At Toledo it's just not that competitive."

Wallace can't wait to test his game against the best the Pac-10 has to offer. Has he spoken much with the Huskies coaches? "I talk to them, but not too much about what they want me to do when I get there," he said. "I'll do that when I start my workouts when I get back from LA. I'll ask them what they want me to do and I'll work on the aspects of the game they want me to work on."

When asked if he'll be playing the 4 or 5 in college, Wallace said that he expects to play more power forward. "I want to be 240, but I want it to be muscle," he said. "I'm better than I was. I was at 250, but it wasn't a good 250, so I dropped it.

"I have a personal trainer in Toledo that I work out with. I need to go back in the gym and work on my defense and my jumper and stuff."

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