2011 Spotlight: Chris Wilson

Fayetteville (NC) Terry Sanford rising senior point guard Chris Wilson is proving to be one of the top floor generals in the state.

Fayetteville (NC) Terry Sanford rising senior point guard Chris Wilson is proving to be one of the top floor generals in the state. He's led his team to back-to-back appearances in the state title game and averaged 17 points, five assists, and four rebounds as a junior.

His strong play has made him a hot commodity on the recruiting trail. He already has several scholarship offers and is hearing from a long list of programs.

"I have offers from Bucknell, Elon, Arizona State, ECU, Virginia Commonwealth, College of Charleston, Davidson, Western Carolina, Old Dominion, UNC-Wilmington, and UMASS," said Wilson. "I'm hearing from Marquette, West Virginia, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Stanford, St. Joe's, Tennessee, Princeton, UNC, NC State, and Wake.

"I think George Mason and St. Joe's are close to offering me and maybe Stanford. They are not allowed to offer until the end of their junior year because of academic requirements, but as long as my grades remain in good shape I think they might at the end of the school year."

Wilson is strong in the classroom as he carries a 3.6 unweighted GPA and a 4.1 weighted GPA. On the court the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder takes pride in picking up wins and leading his team.

"I just think I'm a balanced point guard that can score and pass," he said. "I wouldn't call myself a pass-first or shoot-first. I play physical, have good court vision, and I'm a leader. Overall I'm pretty balanced but you can always improve in every area.

"I'd say I try to pattern my game after Deron Williams. It's his size and physicality. He's a balanced point guard, and he's really aggressive... he can score it too."

As Wilson was leading Terry Sanford deep into the playoffs he couldn't help but notice college coaches in the stands and/or contact his coach requesting information. Two in-state ACC programs are expressing interest.

"[North] Carolina contacted my coach last week," he said. "They said they may get down to see me in the spring and come see me over the summer. NC State watched me play in the playoffs twice and has been in contact with my high school coach. They said they are going to keep calling and watching me this spring. Coach Monte Towe is recruiting me for State.

"UNC has great tradition and a standard of excellence. Coach Roy Williams is going to push you to get the most out of you. With NC State, they are in the ACC and that's a tough conference every year. They are having some struggles right now, but they have a lot of great players going through there. I know they've got Ryan Harrow coming in, and I'm not sure about C.J. Leslie and Luke Cothron but I know about both of them too."

Wilson has attended Elite Camps at West Virginia, Virginia, and Tennessee, and he has taken visits to Tennessee, Wake Forest, Old Dominion, and Virginia Commonwealth.

"I've already visited some schools and in May or June I was thinking of going to see a few more places," he said. "With the west coast schools I'll probably wait to take an official visit because it is so hard to go out there, and if interest picks up with Carolina and State I'll be visiting them."

Tomorrow he'll be suiting up in Dave Telep's Carolina Challenge, and Wilson is looking forward to the event.

"I'm definitely excited," he said. "North Carolina has the most talent top-to-bottom of any state, and every year it has great talent. Especially at the point guard spot... I'm looking forward to matching up with some other guys."

You can find Wilson this spring and summer on the AAU circuit lacing them up for CP3 All-Stars. He'll be handling the point guard spot with talented players like P.J. Hairston and Dezmine Wells on the wings.

During that time his play could lead to even more offers, but Wilson seems happy with the current list of suitors. He's going to make an educated decision and hopes to give a commitment prior to the start of his senior year.

"I don't really have a top five yet," he said. "I like everybody, and it's a mix of high-majors and mid-majors who have all offered me. I'm not necessarily looking for the biggest place. I'm looking for the best place.

"I do know that I would like to make a commitment before I start my senior year. I'm looking for the best fit and wherever the coach is going to trust me with leadership and give me the opportunity to run the team. I want to go where they value me and will help me grow as a player."

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