Chris Wilson is a 6'3 205-pound point guard from Fayetteville, North Carolina. In describing Wilson's game, Martelli said, "He is a basketball player that plays the position of point guard. He is not a scoring guard playing point guard. He is not a combo guard playing point guard. He is a point guard."
This summer, Wilson, like many of the Hawks, played in the Delaware County Pro-Am League. He was also on campus taking classes and working out with his teammates. In general, Martelli said, "Chris had a wonderful summer." He went on to say, "He is a no-maintenance player. There are no concerns with him in terms of work ethic, drive, or academics. He really is no-maintenance." Phil went on to say that Chris has "an insatiable work ethic."
In terms of what he brings to the table, Chris is a smart, confident point guard. "He may not be the most athletic player and he may not be the quickest player, but his body type is not normal for a college freshman," the head Hawk said about his freshman point guard.
Like many of his teammates, Chris loves putting in work in the gym, both on the court and in the weight room. In fact, his coach talked about how that is something that may even have to simmer down as the season approaches. Martelli talked about how important Chris would be in both games and practices, so the coaching staff would need to keep a close eye on him making sure he doesn't over-exert himself.
In a backcourt that only returns two players, albeit very talented ones in sophomores Tay Jones and Langston Galloway, Chris will be counted on to play minutes at the point and contribute as a freshman. He will not be the only new face in the backcourt, however. Joining him is fellow freshman Evan Maschmeyer, a 6'3 205-pound guard from Jeffersonville, Indiana.
Maschmeyer was a very late addition to this Hawks roster, only signing with the Hawks at the end of August. Evan's name initially came to Martelli from a former Hawk, John Gallagher. "I was in Indiana on the first day of the July recruiting period and John Gallagher gave me Evan's name," Martelli explained.
After getting Evan's name from Gallagher, Martelli spoke with two coaches that had recruited Evan. "I talked with Brad Stevens (Butler) and Steve Donahue (Boston College). Evan had been thinking about being a preferred walk-on at Butler, and I know Brad very well from a number of committees that we serve on together. Steve is a Phildelphia guy, so we talked about Evan," Martelli stated. Maschmeyer took an unofficial visit to Boston College in the summer of 2010 when he was being recruited by the Eagles.
The earliest that Evan could visit Hawk Hill was August 1st, due to NCAA policy. On the 1st, Evan visited SJU with his father and got his first look at the campus. "We talked about whether he was married to the prep school idea and talked about what his role on the team would be," said Martelli. That role is likely to be a fourth guard, behind Jones, Galloway, and Wilson on the depth chart.
While much of the focus amongst fans is typically around the new faces, the Hawks also return four sophomores and a junior from last year's rotation. All five players spent at least part of last season in the starting lineup.
Junior Tay Jones has been responsible for much of the Hawks offense over the past two years. He looks to build on that as an upperclassman. As a freshman, Jones averaged 9.6 points per game, a number that jumped to 17 points per game last season.
"Tay was on campus for the first summer session and then bounced around a bit. He was back in Ohio for part of the summer and also worked out in Chicago. It was good for him."
One Hawk that many fans have high hopes for again this year is 6'2 sophomore guard Langston Galloway, who is coming off an extremely impressive freshman year. Langston, like Chris Wilson, played in the Delaware County Pro-Am while spending much of his summer on campus. Although he was on campus most of the summer, Langston was able to return home to Louisiana to visit his family as well. As a freshman, Langston averaged 12.8 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game.
Another Hawk who played in summer league was forward Ron Roberts, who came on very strong at the end of last season, finding a spot in the starting lineup. During his freshman campaign, in just under 20 minutes per game, Roberts averaged 6.4 points per game and 4.7 rebounds per game. During this off-season, Ron put on significant muscle, as evidenced by his official listing on the Hawk roster which is up to 216 pounds. "Ron and Langston had the two best summers out of the returning players," Martelli elaborated.
While Galloway and Roberts had the best summers, it is the other two freshmen who most impressed Martelli in the spring. "Daryus (Quarles) and CJ (Aiken) had the best springs of anyone on the team," he said. "Then they were only average in the summer."
There are reasons for the slight dip in play, as both had to overcome adversity over the summer. "Both CJ and Daryus suffered some injuries over the summer." In addition to the injury, Martelli also said that "CJ also had two deaths in his family over the summer."
In part three of this interview series, Phil Martelli discusses his team's schedule for the 2011-2012 season, including the move of the Temple and Villanova games from the Palestra to Hawk Hill. He also talks about the BCS and the possible impact college football could have on the college basketball landscape.
Phil Martelli Interview- Part Two
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