Class of 2015 small forward Billy Wampler holds offers from 13 schools, including one in the Big East. He hopes to carry the momentum of a solid spring travel season into the summer and pick up more offers.
"I think I played pretty well, but there are obviously things I can improve on," Wampler said following his D1 Minnesota team's final game at the adidas Gauntlet-Orlando. "I've really been trying to work on my defense from last weekend in Indianapolis. I felt I didn't play defense there. I took on the challenge of guarding [MBA small forward] Mario [Kegler], so I think I did a pretty good job on him. I really wanted to stay in front, that's the biggest part of my game I need to work on."
Guarding Kegler, the No. 31 ranked player in the 2016 class, is no easy assignment for anyone. Rivals.com looked on as Wampler harassed Kegler into a 4-for-10 shooting day. Officially, Wampler finished with 10 points (on six shot attempts), eight rebounds, four assists and 1 steal without turning the ball over in a 56-52 loss to MBA on Memorial Day.
"Offensively I did pretty well; I really wanted to facilitate the ball," Wampler continued. "In Indianapolis they ran a lot of sets for me, and I think a little bit too many sets for me, because teams are starting to box-and-one me; so I just kind of wanted to get everyone else involved here. It flows better for me to get the ball if I get everyone else involved, and I can take over late game situations."
The thre-star rising senior told us that Wisconsin, Creighton, Harvard, Stanford and Nebraska-Omaha are the schools he's hearing from the most these days. The Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan has built a strong relationship with Wampler.
"I really like Wisconsin," Wampler declared. "I went down there two weeks ago for a visit. I really like Coach Bo [Ryan]. I got to see all the facilities. I'm really good friends with Bronson Koenig so it was good to see him. I played against him a couple of times in high school. I really like them, it was really fun. I think Coach Bo is going to come out and see me all three times in July, and he's talking scholarship if I play good enough in those three events."
Upcoming trips to Creighton, Davidson and Harvard are in the works for Wampler. Given his strong interest in Wisconsin, we don't expect a great deal of movement in his recruitment until after the July live period when Wampler knows where he stands with the Badgers.
Russ Wood is a basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com and Inside the Gators. You can click here to follow him on Twitter..
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