Tammy Wilson’s daughter Micaela might be the nation’s best player in the class of 2017. To find this out, Tammy will have to be the one that tells you, because Micaela certainly won’t.
“She don’t go around to places saying people she’s ranked this and that,” Tammy Wilson said. “She don’t even tell people she’s a basketball player. She just keeps it moving, that’s what I love about her. She’s so humble.
“Her parents, we do the bragging though. We brag on her.”
In the interest of full disclosure, Micaela doesn’t say much of anything in an interview setting: her mother admits she has the art of the one-word answer nearly perfected and that she’s trying to work with her on that, especially with what is coming her way in two months.
“I’m telling her she needs to start talking more, because it’s about to get crazy around here,” Tammy Wilson said. “Starting September 1, coaches will be able to make direct calls to her and the phone lines are about to get outrageous around here. We look forward to that because it’s a blessing to be in this situation.”
Rayville’s Micaela Wilson will surely have one of girls basketball’s most busy phone lines as she enters her junior season ranked as the 6th-best player in the country according to ESPN. Her ranking moved up to No. 6 from No. 10 after a successful spring season.
“It means a lot because I know my game is getting better,” Micaela Wilson said.
Micaela Wilson’s upcoming recruiting storm has foreshadowed itself as dozens of college coaches are asking what tournaments she will play in this month with her AAU team, DFW T-Jack Elite, on a busy schedule that has taken her through Chicago, Arkansas, Texas and South Carolina, among other destinations, and featured a win over the Chinese U-16 Olympic Team.
“There are a lot of schools in the area that are showing interest and trying to keep her in the area: LSU, Louisiana Tech, University of Louisiana at Monroe,” Tammy Wilson said. “There are a couple more colleges in Louisiana and in Texas that are interested in her big time.
“It’s unreal, but it’s very exciting. I always tell my daughter, ‘Don’t ever burn a bridge.’ Every phone call we can answer or return after September 1, we’re going to do it because they are taking out their time to recruit her, so we are going to make every effort possible. We don’t take that lightly, we know it’s a blessing to be in this situation.”
Micaela Wilson said she hasn’t given too much thought to the recruiting process yet except that she wants to play for a proven winner. Her mother has already expressed her willingness to travel to watch her play for one if necessary.
“Whatever she would like to do. At first, I would have liked for her to stay in my back yard, but if I have to fly, then I will,” she said. “You want your kid to make the best possible decision because at the end of the day, they’re the ones that have to go to school, they’re the ones that have to go to class, they have to go to practice and be around their coaches and teammates.
“You make the best decision for you. Whatever decision you make, I’m going to be by your side and support you all the way.”
While the chaos of the recruiting process looms a couple of months away, Micaela continues her work on her ball handling, where she thinks she can make a bigger impact for Rayville and on the collegiate level if she improves.
“I think it’s going to help both.” Micaela Wilson said. “When I get to college, I want to be a wing, I don’t want to be a 4 or 5.”
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