Boston High School: Derrick Wilson

Hotchkiss' Wilson commits to Marquette

November, 9, 2010
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:

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.

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.

Hotchkiss guards generating interest

October, 28, 2010
ESPN's Adam Finkelstein writes on his recruiting blog today on the building interest of Hotchkiss (Conn.) backcourt-mates Derrick Wilson and Clyde Smith.

Wilson, a 6-foot-1 Anchorage, Alaska native, will take his first official visit this weekend to Marquette, according to head coach Fred Benjamin.

"The thing with Derrick is that he is college-ready," Benjamin told Finkelstein. "So he will have to look to see what's a good fit personality wise but also where he can come in and make an immediate impact."

Meanwhile Smtih, a 6-foot-3 junior from Houston, is taking an unofficial visit to Notre Dame early next month, and is in the process of scheduling visits to Northwestern, Boston College and Boston University.

"Clyde has been to Stanford twice for elite camps so he needs some other looks for his frame of reference," Benjamin told Finkelstein.

Check out more on these two budding stars, as well as updates on the Bearcats' other elite talent like Mike Tobey, Makhai Mason and Christopher Campbell, on Finkelstein's blog.