Hawk-ing Chris Wilson

The St. Joseph Hawks secured a commitment from point guard Chris Wilson, the owner of 85 wins as a high school point guard.

St. Joseph's wanted a winner, a leader, someone who was born to play the point guard position. On Thursday, Phil Martelli found his man. The Hawks ventured into North Carolina and secured a commitment from Fayetteville Terry Sanford all-state lead guard Chris Wilson.

"I can't wait to get some gear so I can started them dudes," Wilson said. "I'll have the book bag, the shirts, I'll be reppin' soon."

Martelli loves leadership. He values the guy who was born to play the position. In Wilson, he found his man. Wilson is the kid born with a basketball tucked under his arm. As a starter on the high school level, Wilson is 85-9 with two appearances in the state finals and an elite eight trip as a freshman.

Winning, with Chris Wilson, seems to happen when he's on the court.

"They value the same things that I value. I wanted an opportunity to lead a big time program, win conference championships and make runs in the tournament. St. Joe's is a place where I'll be around positive people and a positive atmosphere."

Wilson had numerous scholarship offers before and after July. Like many recruits, he'd learned a quick lesson in the process. Schools on his list took point guards and because of it he reassessed his strategy and realized if he wanted to attend the place of his choosing he needed to act fast and connect with a program that valued him.

"I know there was a St. Joe's coach at every single game I played this summer.

"It made me realize that if there was a place I really liked I needed to grab it. St. Joe's was where I wanted to go so it wasn't like I was settling for something less."

He'll take his official visit to St. Joe's the weekend of Sept. 4.

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