July 23, 2010

Chippewas extend offers to Anton Wilson and Khaliq Spencer

It's never too early to think about the future, and while the 2010 class of CMU Basketball is already on campus and the 2011 class currently has one commitment, it does not mean Coach Zeigler and his staff are not working on the 2012 class and beyond.

One player that has received an offer from the Chippewas is 6-foot-5 wing Anton Wilson from Flint Carman-Ainsworth and the Dorian's Pride AAU team. Anton's other offers right now are Rhode Island and Cleveland State, but he is also hearing from schools like Georgetown, Indiana, USC, Michigan, Michigan State and Eastern Michigan. Anton has been hearing from both CMU assistant coach Darren Kohne and head coach Ernie Zeigler.

"They just both awesome coaches," Wilson said when asked about how he feels about the CMU staff. "I really like both of them and they seem cool."

Anton is currently in Kansas City for his AAU squad and they have been able to string together a few strong tournaments.

"We've won a lot of tournaments, so yeah it's going great" said Wilson.

Wilson hurt his toe during the finals of the Great Lakes Championship in front of coaches from Michigan, MSU, Dayton, Detroit, and Temple among, but says he is fine now and the injury was nothing serious.

"I don't really know what I did, it was a sprain or something, but it's fine now and I'm good to play."

The best part of Anton's game right now is his ability to score, and he has developed a reputation as one of the top playmakers on both his high school and AAU teams.

"I can create my own shot and get my teammates involved," Wilson said. "The part of my game that I am working on the most is getting faster with my feet so I can be better defensively."

Wilson has plenty of time before he has to make his college choice and he said he hopes to make a choice by the middle of his senior year. When choosing a school, he said he will look at a few things.

"Academics and of course their basketball program, but also the general culture of the school. Those are the things I am looking for."

Another 2012 player who received a Central Michigan offer recently was 6-foot-9 forward Khaliq Spicer from Dearborn Heights Robichaub (MI). Spicer has been playing up with the 17U All-Michigan team during the spring, but currently is in Las Vegas with the 16U Michigan Mustangs.

"We won our first game, and I've fit right in with them," added Spicer. "They have some real talented players so it's made the change easy."

Khaliq's play has been good enough to get a CMU offer in addition to one from St. Bonaventure. Spicer is also hearing from Detroit with more schools likely to pick up interest as time goes by. CMU assistant coach Terrence Chatman has been handling Khaliq's recruitment for CMU.

"He's a real good guy, I like him a lot," added Spicer. "I usually talk to Coach Chatman, but I have got a chance to talk to Coach Zeigler as well."

Khaliq is working on improving his shot but Spicer's biggest strength is something that fits CMU head coach Ernie Zeigler's philosophy well.

"I like my low post defense and defending the paint. I take pride in my guy not scoring."

Khaliq has no time table right now and is playing it by ear.

"I'm in no hurry right now," added Spicer. "The coaches are real important and also my education, but I'm just going to look for the right fit for me and when I can find that I will make a decision."

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