On the first day of the college basketball's early signing period, Oak Hill (Mouth Wilson, Va.) wing Damien Wilson on Wednesday signed a national letter of intent with the University of Memphis.
Memphis received Wilson’s paperwork at 11:15 a.m. central. The 6-foot-6 guard, who committed in May, becomes the first signee of the Tigers’ 2012 class.
“He’s tremendous in the open court,” Memphis coach Josh Pastner said. “He plays above the rim. His upside, in terms of defensively and rebounding, is at a high level.”
Wilson is rated a four-star prospect and he No. 92 player in the country. He is No. 21 at his position.
The Atlanta, Ga., native fits the typical mold of the recruits Pastner has sought at Memphis: long, athletic and quick.
Wilson exploits defenders with his athleticism as a slasher, but he‘ll need to improve his jump shot to be successful at the collegiate level, Oak Hill coach Steve Smith said in October.
“It’s kind of set, standstill,” Smith said. “He needs to be more consistent with his perimeter shot. So we’re working with him on his perimeter shot and ball skills. He’ll make two or three three’s one game, the next night he’ll go 0-for-4. Then he’ll miss ten in a row.
“A lot of it is his release point, because he doesn’t jump.”
While Pastner admitted Wilson will need to be coached up, his ceiling is potentially very high.
“He’s got the tools to be a lockdown defender,” Pastner said. “He’ll fit right in. He’s a good kid, too. He’s so excited for the opportunity to be here.”