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SMU basketball player profile: Tom Wilson

PonyStampede's SMU basketball player profiles continue with freshman guard Tom Wilson, whose surprising preseason has him squarely in the mix to be an important contributor in the backcourt.

Position: Guard

Size: 6-5, 180 pounds

Year: Freshman

High School: Australian Institute of Sport

Hometown: Melbourne, Australia

Recruitment

Tom Wilson's commitment to SMU preceded that of Harry Froling, his friend and fellow Australian. Wilson committed to SMU in October 2015, picking the Mustangs over offers from Boise State, Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s. He was a three-star prospect. In Australia, he was named the captain of the U17 and U19 national teams. In 2014, he helped Australia win a silver medal in the U17 World Championship.

2016-2017 Outlook

Wilson brings some versatility, length and shooting ability to SMU’s backcourt. He can play on and off the ball, but he’s going to need to give SMU some quality minutes at point guard when Shake Milton leaves the game. Tim Jankovich has been complimentary of him so far and word out of preseason practices is that he has surprised with his ability to quickly pick up the game at a higher level. He has also shot the ball well. 

Jankovich has said (unsurprisingly) that Shake Milton Shake Milton is SMU’s top point guard, but that he will go “by committee” at the position at times. With his surprising preseason, he has a good chance to be the backup to Milton and a big part of that committee. Last season, SMU’s offense sputtered when Nic Moore was off the floor. To avoid a similar lack of productivity when Milton is not on the court, SMU needs Wilson to help right away. Milton proved he could handle a heavy workload last year (32.6 minutes per game), but ideally Wilson helps SMU avoid an unhealthy over-reliance on Milton. Wilson won’t be the facilitator or passer Milton is or have Milton’s level of command at point guard. But as long as he shoots well, he should keep SMU’s offense consistent enough when he runs the point.


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