Wilson Picks Up Slack; Has Early Offers

Derrick Wilson made a statement with his sophomore season. The talented lead guard did all he could for Hotchkiss School and picked up college interest in the process.

Derrick Wilson, a 2011 prospect, knew he had to step up for Lakeville (Conn.) Hotchkiss School this year.

With Wilson's teammate, Jason Morris, Scout.com's 43rd ranked prospect, battling injuries for much of the season, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound lead guard had to make his presence known on a nightly basis.

"I felt like I had to pick up a lot of the slack," Wilson told Scout.com. "Although our team is very good, we don't have a lot of experienced players, so when we play against the high caliber teams we weren't able to compete as well."

"I had to step up and score more than I usually would have to because Jason was gone," he continued. "I definitely felt like I had to step up when Jason was gone, but now I feel like I need to step up even when he is there. It kind of changed my perspective on basketball."

Over the course of his sophomore season, Wilson averaged 18 points a game and led his team in all the major categories.

"I thought I did pretty well," Wilson said. "I averaged the most point, had the most rebounds, got a lot of steals and had the most assists, so I thought I did pretty well for being one of the youngest guys on the team."

With his strong play this season, Wilson has garnered plenty of college interest. Georgia Tech has made him a priority, as has Syracuse, Rutgers and Xavier. Jim Boeheim is scheduled to see him soon and North Carolina is sending an assistant to check him out.

Syracuse, Virginia (old staff), Rutgers, Xavier and Georgia Tech have all offered him a scholarship. While it's still early in the process, and Wilson doesn't plan to decide anytime soon, one school has made an early impact.

"Georgia Tech has been recruiting me the hardest and I really like their coaches," Wilson said. So I like that school, but it's still early so I'm not really sure who is number one or anything like that."

Wilson will hit the circuit hard this spring and summer. He's set to play with the New York Gauchos and they'll begin their spring schedule in Hampton (Va.) for the Boo Williams Invitational.


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