T here are numerous anecdotes that go into Foster Wonders being the most interesting UP recruit in recent history. There’s the one about him scrimmaging against the Michigan Tech men as an eighth-grader, pitting him against college athletes before he played his first high school game — and holding his own, at that. There’s the full scholarship offer he received from Northern Michigan as an eighth-grader. And there’s the rare Division I offers he has that UP kids rarely see; as a sophomore, he already has two: UW-Milwaukee and Central Michigan.
But the most unique story concerning Foster Wonders that highlights his advanced skill set and mature game has nothing to do with offers or college coaches. It came after Iron Mountain’s 66-49 quarterfinal loss to Maple City Glen Lake last season. In a sign of good sportsmanship, the coaching staff of the eventual state runner-ups approached Wonders to hear about his college plans for the upcoming fall, only to be left blown away that the 6-foot-5 forward who scored 20 points on them was just a freshman.