Some sites have reported Jamil Wilson has stated he will not announce his college decision until 2009. If that were true, he might could play his way into a scholarship offer over the next year. If Duke had to make a choice today, I am of the opinion that Jamil would be on the outside looking in with concerns to a Blue Devil offer, but I am not privy enough to state that as a solid fact.
Wilson has been anything but consistent all summer (AAU season) long. During the NBAPA Camp, he drained some threes or blocked key shots. During the Peach Jam, Wilson grabbed one board, took the ball the length of the court and finished the play off with a driving lay in. Any observer who saw certain plays would quickly recognize a budding star.
If one were to keep watching Wilson, they would see inconsistency. Much like Daniel Orton, he plays very well in sequences only to get lost on the court making one wonder if they are watching the same player.
One of the things that bothered me during the Peach Jam was his not so emotional attitude. It could have been sheer frustration, I mean, I’m not a psychologist. Whatever it was, it just didn’t seem positive or assertive.
Despite that, he would come out of nowhere to get a block or crash the board for a key rebound. His offense simply wasn’t there. He scored just two points in one game and averaged around 8.5 for the tournament, his team going hime with a 2-3 record.
I had noticed one time when it looked as if he tweaked his ankle and subsequently talked to him about this and the recruiting process. He mentioned that he had twisted his ankle a few weeks back and that it bothered him during the LeBron James Skills Academy, so I asked if he was still feeling the effects. Wilson replied, “I came down wrong and kind of tweaked the ankle, but I’m fine. I really try not to think about it, but I feel it’s a lot better now.”
I then wondered if he might be a bit tired from the wear and tear of the AAU season and asked him if the circuit was taking it’s toll. “Ummm, sort of, but I love the game, so it’s okay.”
In the previous game, he had put up a goose egg in the first half, but came back with 9 points in the second half. “I really wasn’t being assertive. I wasn’t looking for my shot in the first half. I was trying to get out and get ahead and was working on rebounding. I need to be more consistent,” said Wilson.
When I told him he was tied for the lead at the camp in blocks after three games, he did light up. “You got to play defense too, that’s the way I see it,” said Wilson. I then took the opportunity to ask him if he had noticed coaches in the stand that were recruiting him. “I didn’t really pay a lot of attention, but sometimes on dead balls, I’d look up and see them. It’s not like I was trying to pick them out though saying here is a coach who is recruiting me.
Many at the event said Michigan State was the team to beat for Wilson and Tom Izzo and an assistant were present at three of his games. I asked him if this were true and Wilson responded, “I think every team is the leader. I’m wide open. I haven’t put Michigan State on the top of my list.”
Several coaches were seen during his play, Marquette had two assistants around at all times, Wisconsin was low key, but they were there and several smaller schools from the Wisconsin are watched, as well as Northwestern and Coach Wojociechowski from Duke.
Wilson seemed more open than ever which surprised me. Perhaps he was playing it safe with his comments. He still lists Duke, Wisconsin, Marquette and Michigan State, but added Texas. “The end of summer,” said Wilson when asked when he wanted to make his collegiate choice.
That certainly differs with what other sites are reporting and he told me this in a clear manner. My reaction was that’s not long, so I asked how he could make a decision that soon. “Because I’ve been thinking and chipping away at it and my Dad has been doing the same. So, by the end of Summer, we should be able to release something.”
Of the schools listed, Wilson has yet to see Texas or Michigan State. Take that for what it’s worth. I couldn’t help but ask again about the original take that he would not go out of state to college. “That was mainly my sister, but Dad and sister want me to go off and experience life as a young man. People can say things, but if I don’t say it, it’s a rumor.”
Nobody can say that Wilson is a selfish player and if he harnesses his skill set, he will be a solid player at the next level. To his credit, he volunteered to work on the extra drills at the NBAPA Camp while most of the players elected to kick back and rest.[/private]