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SMU Signing Day Profile: Tom Wilson

Billy profiles SMU signee and Australian guard Tom Wilson in this signing day profile!

Tom Wilson Signing Day Profile
Position: Guard
Size: 6-4, 170
Hometown: Melbourne, Australia
School: Australian Institute of Sports

Recruitment: Wilson committed to SMU after visiting in early October over offers from Connecticut, Boise State and Gonzaga. Tim Jankovich has visited Australia twice now to see Wilson and also work on his teammate, Harry Froling, but Wilson was a big land for the staff, who wanted to add additional depth with a player who could play multiple positions.

Audible: “I think I just wanna tell SMU fans that I'm ready to bring a winning attitude and I'm ready along with the rest of the guys to create something really special and hopefully compete for an NCAA title.” 

How he fits

Wilson brings more size to the guard position and the ability to play the one, two and three for SMU if asked to. When you flip on the tape of the 2014 USA-Australia gold medal game in the FIBA Championships, Wilson carried Australia against the USA's best U17 group with 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Wilson could have had an even bigger day as he got to the line 12 times, but only made six. If there's anything that Wilson needs to work on, it's consistency in his jumpshot and his free throw shooting. Wilson's jumper is already solid, but where excels even further is by driving and getting his teammates the ball. His three-point shot is good as well, which will allow him to play off the ball in Larry Brown's system, where guards love to make the extra pass for open looks. 

Expectations for 2016-17

Wilson will have the same battle Dashawn McDowell will have, which is fighting for minutes in a group that will have solid depth when they arrive on campus. If Ben Emelogu isn't able to recover from his injury, that will pave the way for a possible bump in minutes for Wilson. With Sedrick Barefield, Shake Milton and McDowell all going to be fighting for minutes at point guard, Wilson will have to learn Brown's way of doing things quickly. Luckily for Wilson, he'll arrive in June to SMU, which will allow him to acclimate and begin learning. Wilson has a chance to certainly push to be the starter if Barefield or Milton struggle in their development as point guards in their first year. At the two and three, Wilson will have to battle Emelogu, Keith Frazier and Sterling Brown as well. If Wilson picks up Brown's defensive system, that will help him see minutes early, but there's not going to be a huge rush for him to be the man, unless SMU doesn't like what it sees from Barefield or Milton this year. 

Career Expectations

His leadership abilities are something that are a little overlooked, but that could be what makes him great. He's already captained two national teams for Australia and can bring that tournament experience to SMU. Under Larry Brown, SMU has been a team that loves to make the extra pass, which Wilson is all for. He's got the ability to be special in the pick and roll and create off the dribble. The toughest thing is playing point guard for Brown, but if Wilson can take the coaching and apply it, he's got a chance to be a solid four-year player for SMU. The last two signing classes have been guard-heavy, which is fine as all can play multiple positions. Wilson has to separate himself from the pack and lead to earn playing time as Brown's point guard, but with his experience in big-time games already, I see him having an edge to play good minutes early. As for his whole career at SMU, Wilson has the chance to be a versatile guard that can score from beyond the arc and share the ball extremely well. If Wilson picks up the defense, he'll be a potential All-AAC guard with his ability to create and score. Very underrated signing for SMU from Australia that should pay dividends in the future with his leadership and scoring although I think it takes him some time to get by Milton for playing time. He's been wowing the staff since stepping on campus.


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