The exodus of top basketball talent in the 2019 class in South Carolina continued Tuesday morning when 6-11 Malcolm Wilson of Ridge View, on his birthday, announced a commitment to Georgetown. He will take his official visit there this weekend. He also had Clemson and Rice on his short list. He took an official to Rice and several unofficials to Clemson.
“I choose Georgetown because it was the best fit for me,” Wilson said. “They have great academics and great athletic opportunities. The support at Georgetown will aid in my success after college and during college I will have a great experience.”
And of course, at Georgetown Wilson will be coached by one of the game’s all-time great centers in Patrick Ewing. That too, was appealing.
“It’s great to have someone who played my position want to teach my how to have as much success as they had,” Wilson said. “Even if Coach Ewing didn’t have that much NBA success, it’s amazing to have someone want to coach me.”
Wilson is part of a talented group of seniors in South Carolina’s 2019 class, one of three ranked by Rivals among the top 125 nationally. Wilson is #121. PG Josiah James of Porter Gaud, ranked 14th, is headed to Tennessee and 6-5 Juwan Gary, who has moved to Charlotte and is committed to Alabama, is ranked 79th.
Only PG Trae Hannibal of Hartsville, who will sign with USC, has, at this point, decided to stay in-state among the state’s 2019 elite.
And there is still 6-7 Christian Brown, formerly of the Columbia area but now living in Powder Springs, GA. He’s ranked 65th nationally by Rivals. He has taken officials to Clemson and UNLV but the Tigers have not been pushing that hard for him of late. He visit with recruiter Steve Smith last week. Georgia has been on him very hard and he will visit there unofficially this weekend.
This in-state recruiting failure for USC and Clemson only compounds things following the misses in the 2018 class: Zion Williamson to Duke; DJ Burns to Tennessee; Sharone Wright Jr. to Wake Forest; Aaron Nesmith to Vanderbilt, Robert Braswell to Syracuse and Jimmy Nichols to Providence.