Catching Up With Wilson Chandler

With the start of the DePaul men's college basketball season coming up,'s Scott Phillips catches up with Blue Demons sophomore forward Wilson Chandler in this interview.

One of the bright spots of DePaul's inaugural Big East season was the performance of their younger players. Sophomores Karron Clarke and Draelon Burns along with freshmen Jabari Currie and Wilson Chandler all gave DePaul fans something to look forward to in the coming seasons with their improving play. Among these four players rose Wilson Chandler, the 6'8" 230 pound Benton Harbor, Michigan native who made dazzling plays on both sides of the ball. Whether it was rising effortlessly for a rebound, or making an 18 foot jumper look easy, Chandler deservedly was named to the Big East All-Rookie team. It was clear that Chandler is a force to be reckoned with but there is still room to improve.

Over the summer Chandler worked hard to improve his game and make the team better. "I worked really hard on my weaknesses over the summer," said Wilson. "Coach told me I needed to work on strength and conditioning, ball handling, and my jump shot."

Chandler also emphasized how much the team had improved their strength. "Everybody is getting well in the weight room," said Chandler.

Although Wilson Chandler has a considerable amount of talent, he was sometimes been criticized for being too passive. Chandler spent the off season becoming more mature on and off the court. "I'm definitely more mature than last season," said Wilson. Chandler is also putting his focus towards being more of a leader on the court. "I'm looking to be a better communicator. Last year I was just a freshman so I let other guys speak up on the court, but this year I'm looking to be more vocal on the court. I'm still learning how to be a basketball player."

While Wilson is improving with his hard work, it's Wilson's maturity that is really showing through going into this season. The soft spoken Chandler is clearly focused on winning. "The team is getting along real good," said Wilson. "I set no individual goals for the season. I'm just looking to give 110% and just win. Every game is going to be a big game."

If DePaul is going to return to national prominence, it will be through the help of its young core, including Wilson Chandler. Fortunately for DePaul fans, Wilson is more than ready to improve his game, and help the school win. Although Wilson is a humble person, his team goals reflect that he means business. "The goal for the season is to make the NCAA Tournament. My goal is also to make the Final Four and win the championship. Winning the championship is my goal every season."

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