SMU is targeting quite a few highly touted Texas big men. Names like Myles Turner and Khadeem Lattin have recently dominated the headlines.
But that doesn't mean the staff has forgotten about Converse Judson center David Wacker. Larry Brown and company offered the 6-foot-9, 230-pounder back in December and have kept in contact throughout the last few months.
"Coach Brown talks to me every now and then, but I've developed a really strong relationship with Coach Ulric Maligi. It's one of the strongest I have," Wacker said. "We talk every few weeks, and I actually spoke to him a few days ago. They're looking at other players at my position, and they're going to rank them at the end of the eval period so hopefully I'm high up there."
Wacker holds 10 offers but currently has three favorites. Did SMU make the cut?
"SMU is definitely one of my top schools. With it being close to home and a prestigious school, it would be a big advantage for me to go there," Wacker said. "They just moved to the American Athletic Conference and with Coach Brown and Coach (Tim) Jankovich, they're going to be really good really quickly
"If I were to go to SMU, I feel like I could learn a lot from Coach Brown. I don't think there is a better coach in the NCAA pedigree wise. I have great fundamentals because of my dad (former Texas power forward Mike Wacker), but Coach Brown could really polish my game. After all, he is one of the best basketball minds in the world and one of the best teachers. Just getting to meet him is special. But to play for him would be amazing."
Wacker just couldn't seem to stop raving about the dramatic changes happening on the Hilltop. This past season, he got a taste of it when he made an unofficial visit to SMU to watch the Mustangs dominate Furman.
Wacker said the atmosphere was ‘great,' but he truly enjoyed touring the campus and checking out the facilities.
"It was a really beautiful campus. It's probably one of the nicest I've seen," he said. "It's definitely up there with Rice. Academics are always going to be a factor and a degree from SMU is a really prestigious one. I liked the facilities too. I'm really excited to see what Moody is going to look like once they finish all the renovations."
Along with SMU, Wacker plans on making official visits to Boise State and Nebraska this fall. Both schools have offered and are showing plenty of interest as of late.
But for now, Wacker, who only made one visit this summer (Stanford), is focused on wrapping up his AAU season and has been a key contributor for the South Texas Spurs.
"We've been having a great run," he said. "I'm in the best shape I've ever been in, and I've been working a lot on improving my hook shot and just overall game."
Last season, Wacker averaged 11.7 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game for Converse Judson.
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