Tennessee Forward High On Bearcats

Tennessee Forward High On Bearcats

The 2008 class could be a large group for Mick Cronin and the Cincinnati Bearcat basketball program so it shouldn't be a surprise that the UC staff is positioning itself for some of the better junior talent in the country. Bearcat Insider spoke to one player that freely admits the Bearcats are his current leader.

Darnell Wilks has already proven he has strong loyalties to coaches he likes. He and his family even left his school in Missouri to follow his AAU coach to Whites Creek, Tennessee. Now Darnell seems to have a liking for the Cincinnati Bearcat staff. Could Darnell be one of the first recruits to become a Bearcat in the class of 2008?

The Cincinnati coaching staff used Bearcat Madness to attract several interesting prospects to the Clifton campus. Darnell Wilks was one of them and talked about the experience. "It was cool. It was fun. It was interesting meeting the coaches and seeing how they run their drills." Wilks came to Cincinnati the Friday afternoon of Bearcat Madness and left the following afternoon.

The Bearcats may have the current lead for the services of this high soaring forward, but nothing is ever a certainty in recruiting until that letter of intent is signed. Darnell talked about his approach to his recruitment. "I'm just trying to see all the different schools that are interested. On different days, somebody else is interested. I really like Cincinnati a lot, but there are other schools coming into it now. Tennessee, UTEP, Maryland now, and I think Ole Miss and Auburn." Darnell said UTEP and Cincinnati had made scholarship offers, but he wasn't sure if Tennessee had made an official offer yet.

Darnell explained how he came to move from Missouri to Tennessee. "My AAU coach, Carl Reed, took a job down here, and my family really likes him a lot so my mom decided to move down here with me and my sisters."

This is a player that feels he offers versatility to the school that ultimately signs him. "I'm probably 6' 9" right now and 200 pounds. I run the floor and can jump real high. I could play the #2 or the #3 and some #4."

When evaluating the Bearcats, Darnell had this to offer. "They have over ten courts on campus. I like schools that are really dedicated to basketball. They have all the weightlifting to help me get better physically in addition to all the courts."

Coach Davis has been primarily responsible for Darnell's recruitment and apparently has been showing interest from the time he got the UC assistant's job.

When asked if any commitment was imminent, Darnell replied, "I'm not in any hurry to make a commitment, but I like Cincinnati, and it would be pretty hard for someone to beat them. Someone would have to have really good facilities and really good coaches." Darnell said he's planning to take an official visit to Cincinnati at some point.

Darnell said he was in good shape with his grades but still planned to improve on his ACT score.

Bearcat Insider will check back with Darnell as his season progresses.

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