Rebel hoop's signee has breakout season

Brandon Wilson teamed up with National 100 member Terrance Henry to form the most potent one/two punch in the state of Louisiana.


"We had so much fun playing together," added Brandon Wilson. "Terrance and I just clicked right from the start when we started playing practice games together last summer before I transferred to Carroll. It was a great experience. That is the best way for me to put it. We both know we are great players, so we just brought out the best in each other."

What surprised many was that Brandon actually outshined Terrance, statistically speaking, as the 6' 5", 200 pound 3-guard averaged 25 points, 12 rebounds, and 7.5 assist. Henry averaged 23 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 blocks.

"Hey, I might have averaged a little more than Terrance, but that was because they were double teaming on him all year and leaving me free to do my thing. Just to be mentioned in the same league with Terrance is an honor."

Carroll had an impressive season as they finished 35-5 and defeated several national ranked out of state high schools but fell just short in the state semifinals in the last minute of the game.

"It was a good season. The best season I have had since I was in school. But man did I feel bad when we lost that game. I could not sleep for a couple of nights because we had them (Helen Cox) beat.. They had Greg Monroe (signed with Georgetown), but we had them in our hand and lost by three on a last second shot. It hurts, real/real bad."

Brandon transferred from Rayville, where he averaged 19 points 8 rebounds, and 5 assists a game, to Carroll before the start of his senior year. Any regrets?

"None what so ever. It gave me some great exposure, and it gave me a chance to play with Terrance and be coached by the greatest high school coach in America. Coach (Chris) Oney helped my game out so much. I can not even explain what all he did for me."

What improvements did Wilson see in his game?

"My jumper really improved. My ball handling got a lot better too, and most importantly, my grades went way up."

Where does Wilson stand academically?

"I take the ACT for the first time in April, but I am going to have all of my classes by the summer. I have made up a lot of ground since I have been over here. I went to summer school last summer which helped out a lot, and I took all core classes this year. I have made all A's, B's, and only a couple of C's. I will have all of my core classes out of the way. I just need to make my ACT score."

If Wilson were to compare his game to someone else's; who would it be?

"I got a game kind of like Dwayne Wade's. I can penetrate and get to the foul line."

Brandon had a chance to come see the Rebels play LSU this season.

"I like their style of play. They are run and gun, just how I like to play."

What did Wilson observe that the Rebels lacked that maybe he can bring to the table.

"Someone who can penetrate and dish the ball. Me and (Eniel) Polynice have a lot of the same game. He just did not have anyone like me on the breaks to give him some help. I think we are going to make a great tandem."

What does Ole Miss want Brandon to work on in the offseason?

"They want me to take 500 shots a day. I have not started on that yet, but when I do, that is what I am going to do. I am running track this year too in the high and long jump, so that is taking a lot of my time. But as soon as that is over, that is what I am going to do."

Wilson did have one last message to tell the Ole Miss fans.

"Tell them that they have another great athlete coming in that can finish, trap, and get it up and down the court like Coach AK likes to do. Me and Terrance are going to bring a lot of excitement to Ole Miss. I know that."


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