In his first varsity game last year, Eric Wallace had coaches from North Carolina and Wake Forest in the stands to see him play. Talk about a big crowd on opening day. This year, the composed class of 2007 prospect said he isn’t expecting quite the crowd for game one. Nevertheless, the 6-foot-5, 190-pound wing from Glenn High School in Kernersville, N.C. will have a number of coaches watching him this season.
In fact, they have already been out this year. His AAU coach Brian Clifton said Connecticut, NC State and Clemson have been out to watch Wallace in practice and open gyms. Clifton also said Florida, Texas, Arizona and Georgia Tech have been actively involved, too.
Wallace, the No. 18 ranked player in the class of 2007, has offers from Clemson, North Carolina and Wake Forest. He has been high on high-major’s recruiting radars. The in-state schools are trying to keep him close by.
Wallace has been a staple at North Carolina and Wake Forest games over the last two years. He was a visitor for UNC’s Midnight Madness and has been to a game at Wake already this season.
“I’ll probably be going to a few more, too,” Wallace said.
With all of the attention from the elite programs in the country, the sophomore knows people will be coming at him harder this season. Playing at the top of his game each and every day will be one of his biggest challenges this season, he says.
“I have to live up to the hype and playing strong on a consistent basis as a top-notch player,” Wallace said. “It’s a matter of doing the little things like getting the right amount of rest and keeping a 4.0 (grade point average) and keeping a good relationship with the guys on my team. I have to stay humble but also stay in the battle.”