Junior forward Ishmail Wainright favoring four

With class of 2013 small forward Ishmail Wainright‘s season nearing a close, his recruitment is starting to heat up as Duke and North Carolina State are beginning to get involved.

“I’ve added a couple schools who have started to show interest in me — Duke and N.C. State,” Wainright told NRS. “Duke said that they would be up here in the spring, probably a couple months after the season is over.”

The former Missouri-commit said the newfound interest shown by Duke is a huge development because of his potential interest in them. He’s also a little surprised that they’ve gotten in contact with his Montrose Christian (Maryland) coaches.

“It’s a big step. Honestly, from my point of view, I never thought that Duke would be interested in me,” the Missouri-native said. “But they made the call to my coach and said they’re interested in me and [class of 2013 shooting guard] Matt [Jones] (Duke) has been talking about it a lot.

“I think they will be a big player because they’re a power house. I’d definitely take a visit and see how it is [if they keep showing interest].”

However, because it remains to be seen whether Duke will keep showing interest, Wainright has a top four that doesn’t include the Blue Devils.

“Right now, I’m most interested in Syracuse, Kansas, Missouri and Florida, those are the ones standing out the most to me,” Wainright said. “The coaching staffs and the way those schools are playing right now have separated them from everyone else.”

As he’s stated before, one of the things most important to him is his relationship with the coaching staff at his potential college. In that category, there are also four programs standing out.

“I’m from Missouri so me and the Missouri coaches are tight and [assistant] coach [Adrian] Autry from Syracuse too,” Wainright said. “From Alabama, [head] coach [Anthony] Grant and I have a great relationship and from Kansas [assistant coach] Danny Manning and [head] coach [Bill] Self.”

The other thing that’s important to the 6’6, 225-pound wing is how the programs perform when it matters most — which is why he’ll be glued to the television screen this month.

“[How teams do in the NCAA Tournament] is going to have a big impact,” Wainright said. “I’m going to try watch every game, every game. I want to see how I’d fit into each team’s system and how well they do.”

Although he has yet to see which program he’ll fit best into, he does already know some schools that he wants to visit.

“I might go visit Mizzou, my little brother [class of 2014 shooting guard Amaad Wainright] wants to go with me because they’re starting to recruit him too, so we’ll probably end up taking a visit together,” Wainright added. He also mentioned Syracuse, Florida and Kansas as the three other schools he may visit.

Despite already knowing that he wants to take a closer look at some schools, he doesn’t have a timetable in place for his commitment date. He does plan on putting together a list after this summer, though.

During the summer, he will make the switch to play for Team Takeover (DC), one of the best AAU teams in the country. The program, based out of the nation’s capital, went undefeated in the regular season of the Nike EYBL and won the Pitt Jam Fest. Wainright will be joined by class of 2013 center BeeJay Anya, among other top rated recruits.

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