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Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Hotchkiss' Wilson commits to Marquette

By ESPNBoston.com

Hotchkiss (Conn.) point guard Derrick Wilson gave a verbal commitment to Marquette University last night, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Wilson, a 6-foot-1 senior from Anchorage, Alaska, chose the Golden Eagles over a slew of offers that included Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Stanford and Oklahoma. He is the second 2011 commit for head coach Buzz Williams.

Our colleagues at Scouts Inc. currently have the following evaluation:



Strengths:
A physically imposing guard, Wilson is built like a tank with terrific muscle mass and definition. He plays the game with a warrior's mentality, competing with toughness and intensity on both ends of the ball. He has an aggressive scorer's mindset, constantly looking to attack the defense, and able to put points on the board both by overpowering defenders en route to the rim or also from the perimeter with a much improved skill set. He will also rise to challenges defensively, using his upper body strength and physicality to keep his man from getting to his sweet spots.

Weaknesses:
While Wilson typically plays with the ball in his hands at the moment, he isn't a pure point guard, and projects as a scoring combo at the next level at best. He needs to prove that he can make decisions and get the team into their offense while handling the ball against pressure in the backcourt. He is probably most naturally suited to play off the ball but is undersized at that position. He also isn't overly quick or bouncy and so he can have occasional defensive problems away from the basket and rarely finishes above the rim.

Bottom Line:
What Wilson lacks in height, quickness, and bounce he makes up for with power, intensity, and aggressiveness. While he isn't the type of pure point guard who makes his teammates better with his ability to facilitate offense, he leads by example with his toughness and work ethic and makes his teammates better by forcing them to raise the bar. He needs to continue to develop his point guard skill set and improve his ability to run a team in a half court set.