- Cason Wallace
- Hometown (Last School)
- Richardson, TX (Richardson)
- November 7, 2003
Cason Wallace was born November 7, 2003, in Richardson, Texas to Kim and Mike Wallace. His brother, Keaton, played college basketball at UT Arlington.
Wallace was named the 2021-22 Gatorade Texas Boys Basketball Player of the Year. Wallace is the first Gatorade Texas Boys Basketball Player of the Year to be chosen from Richardson High School. The 6-foot-4, 185-pound senior guard averaged 19.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game his senior year, leading the Eagles (32-2) to the Conference 6A regional quarterfinals. He also averaged 2.4 steals and 1.5 blocks. Ranked as the nation’s No. 5 recruit in the Class of 2022 by Rivals.com, Wallace is a McDonald’s All-American selection and was a First Team All-State honoree as a junior. A member of the Student Athlete Leadership Team at Richardson High School, Wallace has volunteered locally both as a youth tutor and as a youth basketball coach and trainer. “Cason is the type of player you dream about coaching,” said Kevin Lawson, head coach of Richardson High School. “He is the best rebounder, scorer, defender and leader on the floor in every game he plays. He makes his teammates better and he’s just a winner.” In high school, Wallace maintained a B-plus average in the classroom. His former coach, Kevin Lawson, thinks Wallace’s high school scoring numbers could have been even better if not for the frequency in which he sat for most of the fourth quarter in blowout victories. “When we played some of our biggest games of the year, knocked off some pretty big opponents with the caliber of players he is going to play (at Kentucky) … he stepped up and took over,” Lawson said. “When it’s time, he says, ‘Give me the ball.’” Wallace’s diverse skillset figures to make him an early fan favorite and quickly endear him to Kentucky’s Hall of Fame coach. He is considered the best perimeter defender in the high school 2022 class. Perhaps the most impressive highlight from the spring all-star game circuit was Wallace’s two-handed block of a fast-break dunk attempt in the Jordan Brand Classic. He was the No. 8-ranked prospect in the class of 2022 according to the 247Sports Composite. In the McDonald’s All-American game, Wallace tallied six assists and five rebounds to go with seven points. Wallace has a passion for defense and a willingness to create for his teammates. Wallace has never been a volume 3-point shooter in high school, but he shot 36.5% (19 for 52) from 3-point range during 12 games on the Nike EYBL circuit last summer.
On November 7, 2021, Wallace picked the Wildcats over UTSA, Tennessee and Texas.
What will Wallace need to do for thc Wildcats this season? It’s likely to change on a game-to-game basis. He should be among this UK team’s most gifted scorers. He can pass. He can play on or off the ball. He rebounds well for his position, and he earned the reputation as perhaps the best perimeter defender in all of high school basketball last season.
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