Player Profile: Chris Wilson

Player Profile: Chris Wilson

Yesterday, Hawk Hill Hardwood began looking at the 2011-2012 Saint Joseph's roster. After introducing Papa Ndao yesterday, today we take a look at 6'3 freshman point guard Chris Wilson.

A native of North Carolina, Chris Wilson attended Terry Sanford High School, where he led his high school to great success. According to head coach Bill Boyette, Chris led his high school team to a 112-12 record during his four years there.

This year, Chris looks to bring that winning mentality to Hawk Hill. Hawk Hill Hardwood spoke with Saint Joseph's assistant coach Dave Duda about his freshman point guard, and got insight into both his game and where he fits in this season.

"Chris is playing the toughest position in all of college basketball: the point guard spot," Duda explained. "As with most freshman point guards, he has had his good days and his bad days."

A pure point guard is somewhat of a rarity today, but that is exactly what Chris is. In an interview with Hawk Hill Hardwood over the summer, head Hawk Phil Martelli had this to say about Chris: "He is a basketball player that plays the position of point guard. He is not a scoring guard playing point guard. He is not a combo guard playing point guard. He is a point guard."

At 6'3 and right around 205 pounds, size and strength are both obvious pluses for Wilson, and Coach Duda reiterated that. Duda also spoke about other areas where Chris brings an added dimension to the team. Chris is "a very intelligent, vocal player with strength as a big plus. He has a good working knowledge of what we are trying to do on both ends of the floor."

The Hawks return two of the Atlantic 10's better guards this season in the form of sophomore Langston Galloway and junior Tay Jones. The two averaged right around 34 minutes per game each last season. Combined, they tallied roughly 30 points per game. In terms of one-two punches, the two are among the best in the Atlantic 10.

That being said, Chris Wilson looks to provide depth behind those two. He will be looked upon to spell Jones at the point with Galloway playing off the ball. There are likely to be other times when Wilson, Jones, and Galloway will play in a three-guard set.

Chris Wilson will not be forced into the fire this season, barring any long-term injuries to either Galloway or Jones. However, he will play an integral role on this team, spelling both Jones and Galloway for breathers. Although his jumper is still a work in progress, Wilson brings a lot to the court, as his coach detailed. Over his four years on Hawk Hill, as his game continues to mature, Chris Wilson looks to continue his winning ways.

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