Potomac (Md.) junior Dion Wiley emerged as a coveted basketball recruit after a strong showing on the AAU circuit last year, and now that his high school season has finished, the 6-foot-4 guard has no plans to relax.
With 10 high-major scholarship offers already in hand, Wiley, who splits his AAU time between Team Takeover and Maryland Ruff Riders, said he has room to grow as a player and in the eyes of recruiters.
“I still have a big summer and spring going on,” Wiley said last week. “There might be some other schools coming after me. I don’t want to make no decisions yet. I want to wait and make them toward the end of the summer.”
Wiley kept his personal stock trending upward during the high school season, leading the Wolverines to the Maryland 3A final where they fell hard to Milford Mill, 84-55. He averaged 17.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 3.2 steals per game, while shooting 52 percent from the field and 76 percent from the free throw line.
Potomac (Md.) finished atop Prince George’s 3A/2A/1A and closed the season ranked No. 9 in the area, continuing its surge with Wiley in the lineup.
As a freshman, Wiley was not eligible to play after receiving a failing grade in a technology education class, but in the past two years, the team has improved rapidly. The Wolverines bumped their win total from four to 18 to 22 the past three years.
The arrival this season of point guard Randall Broddie, another likely Division I recruit, helped, too.
“We have a great coaching staff, and then we just worked hard every day,” Wiley said. “There was no secret to it. All we really did was work hard.”
Wiley hasn’t added any new offers since Connecticut joined the chase in January, but that could change as the AAU season heats up. The other schools that have offered are Maryland, Georgetown, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Rutgers, North Carolina State, Villanova, Cincinnati and Miami.
The sharp-shooting guard has made a few unofficial visits so far, attending basketball games at Maryland and Georgetown and a football game at Virginia, according to Coach Renard Johnson. He should have the opportunity to check out more of his suitors in the coming months.
“The only thing I tell Dion is to think about the degree and what it carries as well as the [basketball team’s] style of play. Is this the right fit for you?” Johnson said. “Usually, you can get the feel for a place right away, so I told him to trust himself. … I’m hoping for his sake he wraps [his recruitment] up in the fall, meaning August and September, and then we’ll go from there.”
NUMBER CRUNCH: 37
The number of goals scored this season in eight games by St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes senior Carly Reed, the reigning All-Met Girls’ Lacrosse Player of the Year. The total currently ranks second in the area behind Nicolette Crisalli of St. John’s. The North Carolina commit scored six more in Monday’s 15-3 win over Bryn Mawr. The top-ranked Saints have been busy with all eight of those games coming in the past 13 days, a stretch that included a spring break trip to California.
– On the football recruiting front, Friendship Collegiate junior cornerback Jalen Tabor, an All-Met, is listing Florida as his front-runner, while Woodgrove junior running back Josh Sweet landed an offer from Yale.
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY:
The AA Dulles District rivals meet in Purcellville in a rematch of last season’s Virginia AA final won, 3-0, by the Wolverines at Radford University. The Raiders went 18-0-2 against all competition other than Woodgrove a year ago but had trouble matching up with the Wolverines, managing just one goal in five losses.
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