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Brewster (N.H.) Academy wing Sid Wilson will announce his college choice on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Harlem’s Milbank Center, his father told ZAGSBLOG.
“UConn, Texas and St. John’s,” Sidney Wilson Sr. said by phone on Friday.
The 6-foot-7 Wilson recently announced he planned to attend college in 2017 after initially planning to reclassify to 2018.
Wilson recently visited St. John’s and UConn and was slated to visit Texas May 30-June 1, but that trip won’t happen now. Wilson previously visited Texas.
His father broke down all three schools:
St. Johns: “St. John’s, of course, he’s home and he’d be playing in front of all his family and friends [from The Bronx]. That’s a dimension that they offer that no one else can. And the coaching staff has really been nice and showing him a lot of attention. Chris Mullin and Mitch Richmond, they bring a different element with that NBA experience and GM connection. They just got a plan for Sid, a three-year plan for him to get his degree and get him to the league.”
UConn: “The thing about UConn is, Kevin Ollie is very respectful, I like their coaching staff. They’re close to home so they’re still pitching the home element, too. Far away from the City, but not too far away. They had a couple bad games, but they’re looking to turn things around and they’re looking for Sid to be a major part of that turnaround in that rebuilding situation. They brought in a great development guy, [Raphael] Chillious. His reputation speaks for itself in terms of development. And it’s a great campus.”
Texas: “Texas is Texas. Shaka Smart. VCU. It just speaks for itself. The Big 12 is a little different. They’re a little bit more physical, probably the closest to the NBA. As far as that standpoint, they’re different. Very, very big University. And you can’t say anything bad about Shaka, he’s a great guy. I have nothing bad to say about them.”
Asked if Harlem native Mohamed Bamba’s commitment would impact Wilson, his father said, “That’s not really going to impact our decision because he’s only there for one year. If we was doing one year, too, that would influence our decision. Mohamed is gone, so….”
Asked if Wilson had already made up his mind, his father said, “We’re still in the last thought processes of it.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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