Posted On: 01/18/18 7:22 PM
The victim of an untimely injury when he was just beginning to build momentum as a college recruit, junior David Wilhelm has spent the past year making up for lost time.
Wilhelm was injured playing in Last Vegas in July of 2016 and was diagnosed with a slipped disc in his back. Though he was able to correct the injury through physical therapy and a number of other methods and was able to avoid surgery, he was forced to sit out until March of last year.
That time period included the rest of that summer with the Colorado Anarchy and the entirety of his sophomore season with Mead High boys basketball team. But Wilhelm is back and doing everything he can to prove in a shortened time period that he has something to offer a college basketball program next season.
“He is the ultimate guy who does everything that you need him to do,” Anarchy coach Brandon Brown said. “He is really good for us in the summer time, playing the top of our defense really well. He reads the ball well and his length gives guards a ton of problems. He rebounds, he runs the floor and his outside shot is really coming along. The biggest two things that he would bring a college coach are coachability and excellent play at the defensive end.”
Standing at around 6-foot-5, 160 pounds, Wilhelm is currently averaging 7.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game through the first 13 games of his junior season of prep basketball for the Mead Mavericks, who have reached Colorado’s 4A Great 8 in back-to-back seasons and off to a 9-5 start in 2017-18. He has scored in double figures six times, including a season-high 15 points against current 4A No. 2 Pueblo South.
So far, Colorado Christian University, where David’s older sisters attend school, is the only school to have shown significant interest.