2017 wing Sidney Wilson continues to build relationship with IU staff

  • 04/27/2016 9:26 am in

Indiana jumped into the recruitment of class of 2017 forward Sidney Wilson last April with a scholarship offer.

The Hoosiers continue to recruit Wilson as the coaching staff watched him over the weekend at the Under Armour Association circuit stop at Best Choice Fieldhouse in Fishers.

The 6-foot-7 Wilson, who is ranked the No. 139 player nationally in the 247Composite, plays at St. Raymond’s in the Bronx, the same school that Indiana assistant coach Chuck Martin attended.

One of the things that stands out early on about the Hoosiers for Wilson is his relationship with Martin.

“We’ve got a good relationship,” he told Inside the Hall. “He just tells me to stay aggressive and keep getting better, really. Even if I don’t go to Indiana, he’s still rooting for me as a kid because he and I went to the same high school. So he’s really rooting for me any way he can.

“He’s real close to my dad, too, they talk a lot. So it’s just a really good feeling with Indiana right now.”

Through eight games this spring for New Heights on the UA Association circuit, Wilson is averaging 14.6 points on 53.2 percent shooting from the field. He’s also averaging 5.6 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.2 assists per game.

New Heights is 5-3 in its division and on track to qualify for the Association’s finals in mid-July just outside of Atlanta.

Wilson has been working on adding muscle to his 180-pound frame, something he knows he’ll need once he arrives in college in the fall of 2017.

“I’ve been in the weight room a lot, trying to get better and take the hits so that I can finish through contact this summer,” Wilson said. “That’s really something I’ve been priding myself on.”

As far as his recruitment goes, Wilson mentioned IU, St. John’s, Texas, Georgetown, Maryland, Iona, Florida, Temple and Cincinnati as some of the schools showing the most interest right now.

He’s already taken unofficial visits to local schools like Rutgers, St. John’s and Seton Hall, but is hoping to get a chance to see Bloomington soon.

“I was trying to visit sometime here (during this trip), but I’ve got to get back home,” he said. “I’m trying to get down here as fast as I can.”

Wilson also¬†has a timetable for when he’ll start to get more serious about his recruitment.

“Probably at the end of the summer,” Wilson explained. “I’ll cut down my list and start taking more visits.”

(Photo credit: Kelly Kline/Under Armour)

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  • Drew

    He reminds me a little bit of OG. OG looked to be a little longer going into his final year, but he has similar athleticism and overall build. I can see why Tom Crean likes him.

  • BL

    Kids a rail like CUJO. Certain that’s why he’s ranked so low. Watched some additional video. Really like him; definite sleeper. His wingspan looks incredible.

  • inLinE6

    Crean’s criteria: fast feet, soft hands, huge wingspan, either athletic or can shoot.

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    Coach Martin is a huge plus for this staff so glad to have him in B-Town

  • SCHoosier

    Weight room candidate..but looks like the game Troy brought in his first year. Lot of hop..needs some physical pop.

  • Ole Man

    Can’t disagree with that assessment.
    IU has a shot at so many good kids next year and has so few schollys.
    Dang it!

  • BL

    Yeah, no idea how many openings we’ll have. I guess a minimum of two to as many as 6. With momentum building, guessing Coach wishes he hadn’t been so quick with a few of the outstanding offers.

  • Kendall Bombard

    Couldn’t agree more. Losing Kenny Johnson to L’ville sucked, but Coach Martin stepped right up and is doing a fine job. Like our entire staff, honestly.

    The program is heading in the right direction. Go Hoosiers!

  • Ole Man

    I honestly don’t think he thinks about that.
    And I honestly think that is a weakness of his and hurts the program.

  • BL

    I could understand when we we’re digging out but now’s the time to be much more selective; even if it means having an open scholly or two now and then.

  • Ole Man

    Other top line coaches do it.

  • nnmns

    He looks good, but how does he keep up with his school work while he’s traveling around playing basketball while school’s in session?