Sunday, September 18, 2011
New Knight: Robert Wilson jr. F 6-3
Robert Wilson's feature is the last of eight -- count 'em, EIGHT -- new Knight profiles for the 2011-12 season. How in depth do we go? Well, here's a photo from Wilson's high school prom. Let's hope he looks as good in a white Gannon uniform as he does in a white tux.
I'm thrilled Wilson is joining the Knights from Urbana (Oh.) University not just because he's a proven scorer, but also because it assures Gannon won't have to play against him anymore. Here are his stat lines from last season's GU/UU contests:
12/4/10 -- URBANA 79, Gannon 70: 37 minutes, 21 points, 10 rebounds, 3-for-5 on threes, 10-for-10 at the foul line, 6 steals, and 3 assists.
12/18/10 -- GANNON 70, Urbana 68: 35 minutes, 24 points, 10 rebounds, 6-for-10 on threes. Photo evidence here.
I'm not sure why Wilson bolted Urbana for Gannon, unless it's because there's only 11,000 people in the town of Urbana or because the Blue Knights were an abysmal 9-17 last year. It couldn't be because of a lack or playing time or because he didn't get enough looks. During his two seasons at Urbana, Wilson started in all 53 games he played and saw 34 minutes of action per contest. He totaled 803 points (15.2 ppg), 468 rebounds (8.8 rpg), 18 double-doubles, 93 assists, 77 steals, and 40 blocks and for the Blue Knights. Wilson hit 45% of his field goal attempts, 40% on threes (65-for-139), and a stellar 80% of his free throws. I'm really curious to see if he has the opportunity to maintain those numbers as a Golden Knight, where it's not a given that he'll be "the man" every night.
UPDATE 9/20/11: I just received confirmation that Wilson will be redshirting this season and will still have two years of eligibility remaining. He'll play for Gannon in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. He was not given a release by Urbana and Gannon's appeal to the NCAA was denied.
Here's some more info on Wilson that you might find interesting. I promise there won't be any more prom photos:
* Last season he led UU in seemingly every statistical category -- points (15.5), rebounds (8.9), steals (42), free throw percentage (88.1%, 96-for-109) and minutes played (888).
* Ranked 22nd among all NCAA Division II players in free throw percentage and 33rd in rebounding.
* He killed more teams than just Gannon, surpassing the 20-point mark 10 times. In a 94-71 loss to Division I Kent State, Wilson registered a game high 21 points and 6 rebounds. Kent (25-12) was just two points and 12.8 seconds away from qualifying for the NCAA tournament, falling to Akron in the MAC tournament championship.
* Wilson lit up the host Pfeiffer (NC) Falcons for 27 points and 11 boards.
* Had 19 points and 6 boards at nationally-ranked Kentucky Wesleyan.
* Just weeks after the University of Indianapolis won an exhibition at Division I Tennessee, Wilson led Urbana to an upset win over the Greyhounds with 20 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists.
* Tallied a game-high 20 points and 9 rebounds in a 75-71 home loss to Mercyhurst. Let's hope he never loses to the Lakers again.
* Notched 25 points and 8 rebounds -- plus an 11-for-11 performance from the foul line -- in a 109-105 OT loss at Central State.
* Exacted revenge on the Marauders less than two weeks later, with a 16-point, 16-rebound, 8-assist winning effort. That victory started a 5-game win streak to end UU's season.
* In a win over the GLIAC's Saginaw Valley, Wilson racked up 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 threes.
* Wilson's hot shooting led the way to a 106-94 win over Salem International. He made 9-of-15 field goals and 8-of-9 free throws, finishing with game-highs of 27 points and 11 boards.
* In his final game in an Urbana uniform, Wilson led the way over Lourdes College with 23 points and 7 rebounds on 8-of-15 shooting from the field. In case you're wondering, Lourdes is a small NAIA school in Sylvania, OH. And if you can guess Lourdes' mascot before clicking here, I'll give you a one-arm man hug at Gannon's season opener.
* Perhaps the strangest box score from Wilson's sophomore year was this: 40 minutes, 7 points on 2-for-7 shooting in an 82-78 OT win vs. Lake Erie. Ethan Bradshaw came off the bench to lead LEC with 40 points, including a 22-for-25 chart from the foul line. I was surprised the game report didn't list three guys with the last name "Bradshaw" as the game officials.
* The biggest trend I noticed from looking at every boxscore from Wilson's 2010-11 campaign is that he's not a consistent scorer. It seemed like he was either right around 20 points or single digits.
* He did log nine double-doubles, two of them against GU.
* Was a two-time NCAA Division II All-Independent first-team selection as well as DII Independent Freshman of the Year. Those honors are nice but kind of lose some luster when three guys from 10-18 Washington Adventist (the artist formerly known as Columbia Union), are listed among the 15 best indy players in DII hoops.
* Now this honor can't be chided by even the harshest skeptic. Wilson was a member of the Urbana Athletic Director's Honor Roll and Dean's List.
* After his freshman year at UU, the Gateway News penned a nice article on Wilson, where he talks about his pro basketball aspirations.
* Took time last summer to return to his hometown to volunteer at the Streetsboro (Oh.) Youth Basketball Camp. Streetsboro is 20 miles northeast of Akron.
* Was an All-Ohio selection as a senior at Streetsboro HS.
* Twice honored as Portage Trail Conference Player of the Year and District Player of the Year.
* Holds 5 Streetsboro school records: career points (1,693), single-season points (586), career rebounds (963), single-season rebounds and single-game rebounds (17).
* This newspaper article from his high school days is highly complimentary of Wilson, using phrases like "eye-popping", "nearly unstoppable", and "prolific scorer." What I like best about the article is this quote from his high school coach: "Robert's biggest asset is how well he understands the game. He has quality players around him, and he understands how much better he can be when he utilizes the players around him."
* The only videos I could find of Wilson are pretty dated. This one from 2008 shows him dunking at the first-half buzzer. And this jittery video goes all the way back to his sophomore year of high school. The commentator says Wilson exploded for 30 points that game.
* I felt kind of weird sharing one of Wilson's prom pics earlier. I feel even weirder sharing one of his senior photos. But this LeBron-ish pose is too cool to pass up.