One of the top freshman wings in the state of Wisconsin is Brookfield Central’s David Joplin. At 6’5″, he already possesses good size for his position and shows great potential as a future prospect. That potential hasn’t gone unnoticed as he picked up his first Division 1 offer this week, coming from UNLV.
“I was really excited when I found out,” said Joplin, “My head coach gave me a call and said they had been watching me at one of our games and were excited about my play.”
With it still being early in Joplin’s high school career, he knows this is just the beginning for him, as he says, “I was nervous about it all at first, but I’m ready for it now. I’ve just got to keep working and try to get more, but this is a good start.”
As a freshman, direct contact between players and NCAA coaches is forbidden unless done so on campus, but Wisconsin-Green Bay is another school that is rumored to be showing interest in the Brookfield Central (WI) wing. Joplin says his dad handles most of the schools inquiring about him at this point, but is still is preparing for things to heat up with his recruitment.
Despite hearing little from them right now, he says Duke would be his dream school if he had his choice. “Duke is my favorite college ever. My favorite player right now is Marvin Bagley, and I love his energy, so Duke is where I want to go,” said Joplin. He also took an unofficial visit to Duke last year where he was able to tour the facilities and says overall it was a “good experience.”
Even with all the early success and offer from UNLV, some say Joplin isn’t even the best player at his position from Wisconsin in the 2021 class. That’s something he uses as fuel for his game and was recently matched up with Sussex Hamilton’s Patrick Baldwin Jr. where the two highly touted freshmen wings squared up against one another. “When we played Sussex I knew I had to have a good game, and I didn’t want to let Patrick have a good game,” said Joplin who finished with 13 points and 15 rebounds in a 61-49 win.
Having to play some in the post for Brookfield Central, Joplin has developed into a strong rebounder, but says he sees himself as a wing at the next level. His game is well-rounded, especially for someone his age, as he can attack the basket in transition and find open teammates in fast break opportunities, but looks to improve on his ball-handling and free-throw shooting in the future. With three years left to play at the high school level, it’s hard to tell what level of Division 1 basketball Joplin will be playing at, but improvements to his game could potentially make him a high-major signee by his senior year.