Posted On: 05/13/18 5:00 AM
A couple months after averaging 12.6 points (50-42-80 shooting splits) and 3.4 rebounds per game as a junior for Lakota East, 6’4” guard/wing Bash Wieland (2019) has added offered from Fairmont State, Christian Brothers, and West Georgia this spring.
Wieland, 4.0 student-athlete (26 ACT) who prides himself on being a good teammate, accredited a lot of his latest success to LE 2018 graduate and Fairmont State signee Jarrett Cox.
“During the [high school] season, I didn’t have much contact with many coaches but I just tried to stay the course and play my game,” Wieland said.
“And having Jarrett Cox as a teammate … it kind of helped get me a little exposure,” he said. “[Fairmont State] kind of got to see my game. They saw me play in the district game, and that helped a lot because I played really well that game.”
Furthermore, Wieland told us that Cox has been there for guidance on how to navigate the recruiting process and has given pointers on where to improve.
So, is Wieland going to meet back up with his high school teammate at the college level?
“I would be interested. But when it comes down to it, I’m going to kind of find out what’s in my interest. Finding the perfect fit for me school, school wise,” Wieland answered.
We had to ask that question. But Wieland is clearly interested in all three of the schools who’ve offered in the past month.
The future education major will prioritize academics in his decision making process.
“I don’t really know how basketball after college will go. I don’t know what expectations I would have for myself, possibly playing professionally or something like that. … Academics is most important. I want to pick something that is going to get me a good degree and propel me into the future,” Wieland explained.
Besides Wieland’s three-level scoring ability and toughness, a couple of his most appealing qualities as a prospect are intangibles.
“I feel like I’ve always been a good teammate. But, coach [Clint] Adkins, our school coach, he kind of instills that in us. I think that’s a big reason why I enjoy being a good teammate, is because coach Adkins kind of taught me how to do that,” Wieland said.
His team-first mentality has translated to the grassroots season, where Wieland has accepted the challenge of defending true forwards. Whereas at the college level, Wieland is more of a 2 or 3.
“On offense, typically I play a guard — a 2 or 3. But I’m pretty much comfortable guarding perimeter guys that can shoot it and drive. But also, I can guard bigs. I’m aggressive and I can front really well. I’m tough inside. It depends on where the team needs me,” Wieland said.
Wieland has interest from schools other than FSU, CBU, and West Georgia right now. However, he’s not sure how interested those schools are and didn’t mention names to us.
Anyone can see him with the Cincy Lakers going forward. To finish up the spring, they’ll play in the C2K Classic (May 18-20) and the Midwest Future Stars Showdown (May 25-27).