OGDEN -- Damian Lillard hadn't yet been taken sixth overall in the 2012 NBA Draft when Weber State began recruiting Texas prep hoopster Jeremy Senglin.
Lillard's newfound national notoriety didn't really affect his recruitment, Senglin says, but it did affect Weber State's visibility and name-recognition among his friends in Texas.
Senglin, a a 6-foot-1 guard from Arlington Bowie High School in the Dallas area, chose the Wildcats over Nebraska, TCU, Tulsa, Tulane, Santa Clara and others because "I felt like I would get a better opportunity to play and showcase my talent," he said.
The high school senior verbally committed to Weber State coach Randy Rahe's program in mid-September and, along with Arizona prep player Richaud Gittens, is slated to join Weber State for the 2013-14 season.
WSU coaches offered Senglin a scholarship after he played well in a tournament earlier this spring, he said. He waited until the end of the AAU season before making his visit to Ogden.
"When I went to visit, I loved it. The players, I felt close to them already and just the environment up there and the way the coaches treated me," Senglin said.
Senglin, rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, expects to be a combo guard at first at Weber State and develop into a point guard.
"I like to shoot it, of course," he said. "I like to shoot it off the dribble, get my teammates open and pass the ball real good."
NCAA rules prohibit coaches from commenting on recruits until they sign a national letter of intent.
Weber State's annual Purple and White preseason scrimmage is scheduled for Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Dee Events Center. The men's basketball team opens its regular season on Nov. 9.