Wilson becoming a hot commodity

As college coaches around the country begin to take a look at how their rosters for next year are shaping up, many are scrambling. The single most important position, at the college level, is point guard. As a result, college coaches are beginning to take note of an available point guard out of Montour (PA). Devin Wilson has become a hot commodity.

On Monday evening, Hawk Hill Hardwood spoke with Montour coach Adam Kaufman about his talented senior point guard. "He's a 6'4, 190-pound pure point guard," Coach Kaufman began. "He's very unselfish," he continued. "In our league, he could average 25 a night, but he doesn't. He puts winning first."

In an age of combo guards, and score-first point guards, Wilson does a bit of everything. "On the season, he averaged right around seven assists and seven rebounds a game," Kaufman stated. "He's just so darn efficient. Devin shot 72% from two this year, on the season."

The Pittsburgh area is known more for churning out high-level football players than it is for producing legitimate Division 1 basketball players. Western Pennsylvania is football country. It's his skill on the gridiron that makes Devin's current recruitment so fascinating. It's only recently that Devin decided to play basketball in college. A four-year varsity starter on Montour's football team, Coach Kaufman explained that Devin made all-state three consecutive years for football. He had a number of big-time football offers, according to Kaufman, including NC State.

Now that Devin has committed to playing basketball at the next level, his recruitment has intensified in a major way. Kaufman estimates that, at the moment, Wilson holds somewhere in the ballpark of "10-12 offers." Kaufman explained that "most of the Colonial" has offered, along with schools such as Saint Bonaventure, Duquesne, and George Mason.

A number of other schools have recently become involved. "Coach Duda from St. Joe's came up on Friday," Kaufman explained. He continued, stating that "Coach Martelli is scheduled to come to our state playoff game on Friday."

"Coach Huggins from West Virginia, associate head coach Melvin Watkins from Arkansas, and then assistants from Rutgers and Villanova have also been up recently," said Kaufman.

At the moment, Devin Wilson is in no rush to make a decision. "I think he's going to take his time and make sure that he feels comfortable," Kaufman began. "He hasn't visited any schools officially yet, so he has those five officials still."

From a St. Joe's perspective, the idea of signing a point guard with size heading into next year seems like a top priority. Starting scoring guard Carl Jones is a senior, and the Hawks are thin at guard. Shooting guard Langston Galloway will be a senior, and 6'3 point guard Chris Wilson a junior. Those are the only two guards returning who have played meaningful minutes on Hawk Hill. The hope is that redshirt freshman Kyle Molock heals from his ACL injury this fall. If he is able to do so, the Hawks will still only have three guards on next year's roster.

Whatever school lands Devin Wilson will not only be signing a high-level basketball player, but according to Coach Kaufman, a tremendous student and person as well. "You're not going to meet a better person," he said. "He's a ‘yes sir, no sir' kind of kid. His father is a state inspector. He just works hard, both in the classroom and on the court, on a daily basis."

St. Joe's head coach Phil Martelli will watch Devin and his Montour teammates in Friday night's state playoff game. St. Joe's, Villanova, George Mason, Arkansas, West Virginia, Duquesne, Saint Bonaventure, and Northeastern are just a handful of the schools involved with the talented 6'4 point guard. After taking his official visits this spring, he will be making one coaching staff pleased, and one team next season that much better.

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