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22 Cason Wallace

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, 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.

As a freshman at Kentucky, Wallace was a Southeastern Conference All-Freshman Team honoree.  He started 32 games for the Wildcats, averaging 11.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.0 steals per game and was ranked among the league leaders in assists per game (2nd), assist-to-turnover ratio (4th) and steals per game (4th).  Wallace played 32.2 minutes per contest, second-most on the team and totaled 18 double-figure scoring games, including four of 20-plus.  He led Kentucky in assists a team-high 16 times and steals a team-best 19 times.  Wallace dished out a career-high 11 assists at Mississippi State.  He was the only freshman in school history to have 15-9-8 in their collegiate debut.  He was named SEC Freshman of the Week three different times.  Wallace tied a UK single-game record with eight steals against Michigan State.  Wallace went for 21 points, four assists, two steals and a career-high nine rebounds against Kansas State in the NCAA Tournament.

On April 1, 2023, Wallace declared for the NBA Draft.  He was drafted No. 10 overall by the Dallas Mavericks and was immediately traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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