On Sunday, South Carolina basketball coach Frank Martin extended an offer to 2019 center Malcolm Wilson, who was on campus for a visit.
The 6-foot-11, 180-pound rising junior from Ridge View High School (Columbia, S.C.) also lists offers from Clemson, South Carolina State and Hampton. His offer from the Gamecocks “means a lot.”
“[Martin] is a very respectful guy. He’s definitely sincere about what he says,” Wilson said. “Him just coming off coaching a Final Four team, it’s just amazing that he sees potential in me, to coach me to play at that level.”
Growing up in his house, South Carolina was the team.
“My mom went to South Carolina and she kind of raised me to love the Gamecocks,” Wilson said. “I’ve gone down and seen a couple of their games. Other than that, I don’t have that big of a connection with them, but I’ve watched them.”
Sunday was the first time he sat down and spoke with Martin.
“When we were there, he was talking about how nobody comes in and leave out the same player,” Wilson said. “You come in and leave significantly better than you were the first day you’re with him. The second day, you’re better. The third day, you’re better. Every day, you’re getting better. And I think, with him, he’s going to push you to whatever goal you want to be.”
Having an opportunity to play at Clemson is just as exciting. The Tigers offered in late May before getting him on campus a few days later.
“The ACC is just a great conference. To have [Clemson] call and give me an offer, it was mind-blowing — a year ago, I was playing JV basketball and now I’m getting calls from the ACC and Clemson,” Wilson said. “They were making the whole experience about me and making me feel like I’m going to get the 1-on-1 attention that I need and they’re just going to be able to progress me and make me better.”
Arkansas, Brown, Georgia Tech, LSU, Rice, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest are all expressing interest.
In July, Wilson will be back running with Upward Stars SE on the Adidas circuit.