I have heard that Wayne Tinkle and his Grizzly basketball coaching staff are recruiting Stuart Wesonga of San Marin High School in San Marin, California. Wesonga is a power forward, and is the only big man prospect that I have heard solid information on that the Grizzly were recruiting. The source who tipped me to Wesonga told me he was in the 2012 recruiting class (junior to be) but in doing my research most sources identify him as a member of the 2011 (senior to be) class.
Wesonga compiled some pretty impressive stats last year averaging 23 points, 7 blocks, and 15 rebounds while shooting 60 % from the field and 61% free throw line as a senior and 15 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 blocks. He was named First team all North Bay conference both his sophomore and junior years.
I have heard that some scouts/coaches questioned his stats and wondered how he would do against better competition. He answered a lot of critics this July playing with a number of AAU teams he had a number of great games including a 30 point effort, playing along side Kentucky commit Kyle Wiltjer.
The person who gave me the tip, compared him to former Bobcat Divaldo Mbunga, a better athlete but, a little shorter (but still growing). He is also considered to rather raw as a player, but with his outstanding athleticism he has a huge upside.
Here are some evaluations.
Stuart Wesonga, 6-6, F, San Marin (Novato, Calif.)
Born in Kenya, Wesonga is an athletic marvel, swatting away 7.2 shots per game to go along with gaudy averages of 23.4 points and 15.2 rebounds per game. Wesonga, who summers with Drew Gooden’s Oakland Soldiers, had a monster triple-double of 44 points, 23 rebounds and 11 blocked shots in December against San Francisco Lincoln.
Scout.com Greg Hicks
Stuart Wesonga, Richmond Bad Boyz – He’s the reason why these types of events are fun to cover. The 6-foot-6 power forward from San Marin (Calif.) High School just out worked, out hustled and out did everyone on the floor to the tune of 25 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocks.
Stuart Wesonga (Novato, Calif./San Marin), a 6-6 junior, is an intriguing prospect for the Division I level. He has a terrific frame (long arms) and outstanding athleticism. His perimeter skills are raw, but he is very active in the paint due to his length and bounce.
Wesonga is an excellent student and his college choice will depend as much on academic issues as athletic program issues. I am also told that he is not looking for the biggest program to sign with. He wants a program where he can come in contribute early, and have a successful career. Don’t be surprised if he turns down Pac-10 interest for low major school. The schools I hear he is currently looking at are Portland, San Francisco, San Diego, Weber State, UC Davis, Pacific, Saint Mary’s, San Jose State and Montana