Beyond the miserable weather though, all reports are that Wesley's visit went very well. He and his mother got to see some of the local sights and spent a lot of time getting to know the Gopher coaches and players. Wesley also got a chance to meet a couple of potential future Gopher teammates in Spencer Tollackson and Miles Webb when he scrimmaged with the team and a number of Minnesota high school players Sunday at the Sports Pavilion.
Wesley is a very quick and athletic player who has a lot of ability to penetrate and get to the basket. His outside shot is coming along, as the several 3-poiners he made on Sunday made obvious to everybody in attendance. And most importantly, Wesley is a competitor and is capable of stepping up his game when it matters most.
He made that abundantly clear last February when his high school team took on #1 ranked Oak Hill Academy of Virginia. Oak Hill was riding something like a 52-game winning streak, but Wesley made sure that came to an end by putting up 25 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists. For a junior to have a game like that against a team that had 7 seniors sign Division 1 scholarships last year is extremely impressive. Not to mention the fact that at least a couple of them figure to be playing in the NBA in the not too distant future.
Coach Monson and staff definitely hope to have that talent wearing Maroon & Gold in The Barn next season. Perhaps it was more than a coincidence that Wesley wore maroon shorts during this weekend's scrimmage? Maybe, maybe not.
There's still a likely trip to Oklahoma State in the coming weeks, and it's possible that some other big names will get involved, but it appears the Gophers have a legitimate chance of landing possibly the highest-ranked non-Minnesota recruit they've had in several years (along with Aliou Kane).