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MARIETTA, Ga. — James Wiseman, the No. 9 player in the 2019 class, came to Atlanta this weekend on a mission. If his play at the Underclassmen All-American Game was any indication, the Nashville native is very worthy of his lofty ranking and could be capable of moving up even more during the upcoming travel season.
The 6-foot-10, 210-pound power forward took home MVP honors for the West team. He threw down a number of impressive dunks in transition and off put-backs. He’s a top-notch rim protector on the defensive end. But arguably the most impressive play he made all day was the three-pointer he smoothly knocked down, showing he has the skill level to be a power forward in today’s game.
So far, Wiseman says he’s heard from Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Vanderbilt, Oklahoma State and Texas. He’s already been on campus at Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Texas.
IN HIS OWN WORDS
Wiseman talked about Tennessee and Vanderbilt along with what it would mean to earn an offer from some of the top programs around the country.
Tennessee: “I like them a lot. They want come there and they said if I go there they will help make me into a really good player.”
Vanderbilt: “I like their coaches a lot. Coach Drew says I fit their system and what they want to do there really well. He thinks I could be a great player there.”
On interest from the traditional powers: “That’s definitely something I’m working towards. I like the environment and the atmosphere at those type of schools.”
Bryce Drew and Rick Barnes are already heavily involved in trying to convince the five-star power forward in the 2019 class to stay home at the next level. Both have already had him on campus and made it known he’s a priority. You can bet they’ll be jockeying for position at half-court during his games this summer with Bradley Beal Elite. It won’t be long though before a long line of coaches are following them around to see him play as well.