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Posted On: 10/9/18 5:00 AM
NYC native John Wilson is one of many impactful transfers into the DMV this year. Wilson, a 5-foot-10 point guard who played with Sports U on the UAA, was a standout during our trip to open gym at St. John’s last month. After the workout, we had the opportunity to catch up with him about his overall game, goals, and recruitment among other topics.
PH: For those who haven’t seen you play, how would you describe your game?
JW: “I’m a pass-first point guard. I can create my own shot when I want to, but I like to get others involved first.”
PH: What do you think is the most underrated part of your game?
JW: “My shooting. I improved my jump shot over the summer. I’ve been working on it every day since I’ve been down here.”
PH: What else are you working on?
JW: “Getting stronger, faster. We are in the weight room almost every day of the week. Just working on getting better as a basketball player, and working on my body overall. Also working on becoming more of a vocal leader.”
PH: How are your grades?
JW: “They’re good. I’ve got a 3.0 so far.”
PH: What are your short and long term goals?
JW: “Short term goals are to win the conference. That’s a big goal. Long term is to get to a good place for college and have a successful career.”
PH: Which schools do you have offers from? Who else is recruiting you?
JW: “I’ve got offers from Robert Morris, New Mexico, Iona, and Stony Brook. I’ve got interest from schools like Mount St. Mary’s.”
PH: Have you visited any schools recently?
JW: “I took an unofficial visit to Robert Morris on Monday, October 8th.”
PH: What type of feedback do you receive from college coaches?
JW: “I can get downhill, and I can create for others. When our team needs to score, I can get a bucket. They also like how I’m a pass first point guard.”
PH: What inspires you to compete at such a high level despite being listed at 5’10?
JW: “My brother, and my mom. My brother played Division One at West Virginia. He inspired me. Also how hard my mom works. She’s a single parent, and she works every day so I don’t have to.”
PH: What do think your role will be like this year?
JW: “To be a vocal leader, and an extension of Coach Pat. Get others involved, and knock down open shots. Lead the team to as many W’s as we can get.”
PH: What do you think you can bring to a college program?
JW: “I think I can bring leadership at the point guard position. Being a vocal leader on the court. Someone who can get downhill and pass to his teammates.”
John Wilson is currently ranked by Prep Hoops as a top-20 prospect in his class. To view the full ranking of Maryland and DC’s 2020 class, click here.