Over the last few years, it seems like more and more student-athletes are placing an increased emphasis on fit and relationship as opposed to forcing themselves to the highest possible level. That’s becoming a major part of how programs build success, as it cuts down on outgoing transfers and allows players to comfortably develop their game. It’s a contributing factor that has vaulted teams like Radford and UNCG towards the top of their conference. This morning, Western Carolina secured a commitment from MJ Wildy (Rock Hill/Team CLT) and boosted their long-term basketball ceiling in the process.
The long, wiry 6-foot-8 forward has an intriguing array of skills and is probably one of the most unique players in the Carolinas. Wildy causes matchup problems for most opponents due to his length and ability to make plays with the ball in his hands. He’s able to post-up, spot-up along the perimeter, or operate within three or four dribbles and design scoring opportunities for himself and others. Wildy scores on all three levels and possesses a very slippery way of navigating through traffic. His feel for the game is excellent on both sides of the ball, especially when targeting rebounds and utilizing his instincts to protect the rim. He moves extremely well in space and when running the floor, which allows him to step out and switch onto smaller opponents with no issue or hesitation. Wildy is already so effective, yet continues to get better and elevate his ceiling with each passing day. His upside is truly special and he’ll be a two-way monster upon adding strength at the next level. He’s only a junior and surprised many folks by committing this early. That being said, Wildy is an unbelievably talented prospect that Catamount fans should be getting excited about.