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August 24, 2012
Oak Hill Academy's Damien Wilson has been cleared by the NCAA and will be in Memphis for the start of fall classes on Monday, August 27th.
There has been much speculation as the weeks have passed by and Wilson was not on campus. Power forward Shaq Goodwin enrolled in classes earlier this summer. Goodwin and Wilson, coincidentally, used to play summer travel ball together as members of the Atlanta Celtics.
The third member of Memphis' class of 2012, Geron Johnson, is in Memphis but not yet enrolled at the U of M.
Wilson is an incredibly athletic guard/forward who is long (6'6", 185), wiry and bouncy. He was once nicknamed "Dr. Dunk" and is revered on YouTube for his dunk highlights. Wilson excels in transition. The slithery lefty remains raw in the half court but once his skill set matches his athleticism, he will be a huge match-up problem.
Wilson started as a junior on a 29-4 Oak Hill team that some felt underachieved. After coach Steve Smith brought in an armload of fresh talent, Wilson found himself coming off the bench but willingly embraced the role. The team chemistry the Warriors built led them to a stunning turnaround: a 44-0 record and another national championship.
Wilson averaged 6 points a game off the bench, was second on the team in dunks (behind only 7-footer A.J.Hammons) and fourth on the team in assists. He's also known as a sticky on-ball defender.
Esteemed NBA scouting service Draft Express considers Wilson a borderline NBA prospect on the strength of his athleticism alone. In the high octane offense preferred by Memphis coach Josh Pastner, Wilson seems to be an excellent fit.
Leroy Watson, Jr. is the Managing Editor of TigerSportsReport.com, and may be reached via e-mail (email@example.com) or Twitter (@leroywatsonjr)