• Joseph Tipton

Q/A with 2022 five-star Cason Wallace

Tell me about where you grew up.

I grew up in a neighborhood called Hamilton Park, it gets rough out there sometimes but it taught me how to stay humble and how talented I was.

Was basketball always a priority in your household? Who put the ball in your hands?

It was not I played multiple sports growing up but basketball was the first sport I played. When I was 5 I started playing basketball on my brothers team and being 5 years younger than them and the bond we had made me love the game.

When did you start taking the sport seriously?

My 9th grade year I was making a name from basketball and getting offers but I still played football so I felt like I had to make a choice to be great at one or the other instead of being just good at both and I chose basketball.

Any family members/relatives that played college/pro sports?

I have any cousins on my mom side of the family that has played college basketball such as my trainer Terrel Harris played at literally every level, but on my dads side of the family I have cousins that went to college to play football and my brother Keaton Wallace plays at UTSA and will be at the next level next year.

Describe your game in a sentence or two.

Cason Wallace is a dawg on both ends of the floor.

What does the game of basketball mean to you? In other words, why does it mean so much to you?

I know it would change me and my family’s life for generations and people from my neighborhood could have someone to look up to and change my community for the better.

How do you feel about your current ranking?

It doesn’t bother me at all no matter what I’m ranked at it’s not going to change how I play or live life.

Tell me your general thoughts on rankings. Do they matter? If so, how much do they matter in the whole scheme of things?

Rankings only give you clout in my opinion but but if you don’t live up to it you will fall hard.

Do you have a current list of schools you’re focused on?

Not currently.

What schools reach out to you the most?

Arkansas, Baylor, Tulsa, and Kentucky.

During the recruiting process, does it make a difference how often the head coach reaches out to you (texts/calls)? Does it make you feel that much of a priority?

Yes it lets me know that you really want me at the school and know you can help me get to the next level.

What advice would you give to a college coach in order to do an effective way of recruiting you in the “COVID era”? Any tips or pointers for them to stand out amongst all the other coaches in your phone?

Talk about more than just basketball and build a genuine relationship.

Do you have someone to guide you through the recruiting process and show you the ropes? If so, who is that person and what advice have they given you?

I have a few family members that can tell me about there experience but they don’t have all of the answers.

What is something you’ve already learned about the recruiting process that you would share with a younger brother/teammate?

Don’t take it for granted but still enjoy it and embrace it.

What schools have you visited so far, either unofficially or officially?

Haven’t been on any.

Are there any schools that are currently recruiting you that have not yet offered that you expect to offer you sometime in the near future?

Kentucky and North Carolina.

Name a few schools that aren’t recruiting you at all, that you would like to receive an offer from sometime in the future.

Duke, UCLA, North Texas, Florida, Memphis, and Gonzaga.

Do you have a time table for cutting your list/commit?

Haven't thought about a list yet but I will be thinking about making one sometime this summer.

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