Posted On: 02/2/18 10:34 AM
Minneapolis North senior center Odell Wilson IV has had such a standout season that Wilson made the top ten finalist for Mr. Basketball on Thursday.
Wilson is giving the number one ranked North Polars a team high 19.2 points, a team high 8.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and a team high 1.8 blocks per game.
“So far this season is going great for my team,” Wilson said. “So far we played great teams and competed with teams in other states to show that we aren’t just good in Minnesota.”
North defeated the defending South Dakota state champions Tea Area, knocked off North Lawndale Prep from Illinois, and has lost games to Corliss from Illinois and Kaukuana from Wisconsin.
They’ve also played a solid local schedule beating Minnehaha Academy, Caledonia, and Brooklyn Center with losses to Eden Prairie and Apple Valley.
“I expect a three-peat for state and for the team to keep pushing and going hard on and off the court because we’re not just talented on the court but off the court too,” Wilson said.
“My team goal is too get another championship and also not lose no more regular season games.”
Wilson has become a more versatile player on the low block for the Polars beating opponents in many different ways.
“I have been able to use my right just as much as my left and my mid range shot has improved a lot which makes it more difficult for the defense to see my next move,” Wilson explained.
Odell is also a football standout who played in the state’s football all star game. He’s being looked at for both sports.
“For basketball (I’m hearing from )Yale. For football, North Dakota State and North Dakota.”