THE PLAYER: MYLES WILMOTH, 6’10” WING/BIG, ST. ANDREW’S
Wilmoth came to New England with a humble introduction to the NEPSAC during the early part of St Andrew’s ’18-’19 schedule. By the end of the season, however, the entire region understood just how good the New York-native was and how much potential was still left in the tank. Wilmoth put the entire package on display during the 2019 NEPSAC-AA Championship Game, where he combined with Syracuse-commit Brycen Goodine and future-Bryant point guard Benson Lin to lead St. Andrew’s to an emphatic win over Cushing while cementing his status as one of 2020’s rising prospects heading into the spring grassroots season.
During the 2019 EYBL Regular Season, Wilmoth averaged 8.8 points, 6 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.2 assists as his City Rocks squad finished with a 5-8 record. He showcased his versatility as different points in EYBL play, with season-highs of 24 points (vs The Family), 11 rebounds (vs Team Takeover), 4 assists (vs Boo Williams) and 4 blocks (vs The Family). The immense potential held by Wilmoth didn't always show up in the stat book, as the fluid and bouncy 6’10” athlete effected nearly twice as many shots as he blocked over the course of each game.
THE PROGRAM: BUTLER (BIG EAST)
LaVall Jordan’s program owns as rich a recent history as anybody in America but the Bulldogs are now fighting to retrieve the momentum they owned after heading to back-to-back National Championship Games in 2010 and 2011. While it’s unreasonable to expect any program to reach those lofty standards, Jordan is a proud alum who will undoubtedly set the expectations as high as possible year-in and year-out.
Solidifying the services of under-the-radar prospects like Wilmoth will be a huge part of that process going forward.
THE FIT: As long as a short-term developmental plan is put in place, Wilmoth and Butler should have a great relationship long-term. The versatile 6’10” wing/big should eventually become a mismatch nightmare in the Big East and give opponents a pick-your-poison type of dilemma when it comes to choosing how to defend him.
While he figures out just how often and in which ways he can have his biggest impact on a nightly basis, Wilmoth’s diverse skillset should allow the coaching staff to give him specific duties early in his college career while expanding his role as his game develops.
If he reaches his uniquely vast potential at any point in his college career, Butler could very well return to their glory years during the early part of the decade and Wilmoth’s name could be planted in the minds of pro scouts.