Tennessee landed a player with tremendous potential in Major Wingate from North Gwinett High School in Beauford (GA). When Wingate made his decision to play for the Volunteers over Clemson, Tennessee fans rejoiced about having such a big man in their future. And they should be happy. Wingate has the size and frame to be a legitimate college threat inside.
Wingate, who is rated a 4-star prospect and the 10th best center in the nation by RivalsHoops.com, goes about 6-foot-9 and 245-pounds. He has the word "upside" attached to his bio. But there will come a time when Wingate will have to rip that word out of profile and deliver on a consistent basis on the hardwood.
Wingate had some great moments this past spring and summer and some average moments. He would show some sparkle inside with his offensive moves. And on other occasions he would get lost and not seem as active as he should be.
It will be up to Major to increase the great moments when he moves on to the next level. Wingate’s final official visit was taken two weekends ago when he visited Buzz Peterson and the Tennessee Volunteers in Knoxville. His family told us tonight that Major is excited about playing for Peterson in the SEC.
Peterson has proven he is a top caliber coach and someone who can extract the best out of his players. If he can perform the same task with Wingate, Major will be a tremendous college player. It's up to Major to take advantage of his size and strength. But, like most American big men, he needs to polish up the skill level to be a dominant player many think he can be on the college level.