Wilson Readies for a Busy Summer

The top 2009 prospect in the state of Wisconsin, Racine Horlick junior Jamil Wilson will enter into the offseason looking to improve his game and narrow down his choice of colleges.

Badger fans were five points away from seeing Racine Horlick junior Jamil Wilson step foot on the Kohl Center floor for the WIAA Division I State Tournament on Thursday.

Hopefully, Wisconsin fans will have plenty more opportunities to see that happen.

The five-start recruit and second-rated power forward in the nation according to Scout.com did all he could to propel the Rebels to the state quarterfinals, scoring a game-high 37 points, including a team-high four three-pointers, in Horlick's 72-68 loss to Brookfield Central at home.

"I am satisfied with how I played and how my team played," Wilson told Badger Nation. "I was kind of angry that we did not win but I am fine with how we played together."

It was a banner year for Wilson, who averaged 18.2 points per game in leading the Rebels, a team that plays five juniors, to a 19-4 record and 14-2 conference record, good enough for first place in the Southern Conference.

"We achieved one of our goals and we were four points away from achieving another one of them this year," Wilson said. "This season was a great learning experience as a whole because most of us were juniors. So the core of our program will be back next year. It was kind of like testing the water for all of us so we should be ready for next year."

Getting ready for next season, according to Wilson, means he will be spending a lot of time working on his overall game.

"I need to work on free throw percentage and a lot of shooting practice," he said. "My three-point percentage was the highest on the team, but I would like to increase my midrange shooting and extend my range. When opponents put pressure on me, I need to be able to respond from anywhere on the floor. When I let me shot go next year, I want to be pretty sure that it's going in."

One area, however, he doesn't have to worry about is finishing around the basket.

"Right now, the best place I shoot from is when I am dunking," he said with a laugh. "That's a high percentage shot for me."

Wilson will also spend a good portion of the summer narrowing his decision for which school he will play collegiate basketball at.

As of this moment, Wilson has offers in hand from Iowa State, Michigan State, Ohio State and Purdue while getting plenty of interest from Illinois, Illinois State, Indiana, Iowa State, Michigan and Tennessee.

But the two schools that really stick out for Wilson are Wisconsin's two Division One schools – Marquette and Wisconsin.

"Marquette is a great place," Wilson said. "They get up and down the floor a lot. It's a lot of transition shooting and a lot of transition buckets and a lot of defense."

"Wisconsin is a great program that has had a lot of great players, like Alando Tucker," he continues. "They run the swing offense which I am used to because we ran it in high school my freshman year. The swing offense gives you an opportunity to play every position on the court because you don't sit in one spot. There's a lot of moving around, screening and posting up that makes you a more versatile player."

Wilson, who has attended the Marquette/Wisconsin game and the Minnesota/Wisconsin game, also said that the atmosphere in the Kohl Center makes it a surreal place to play basketball in.

"It's a lot more people watching you, which brings a lot more pressure," he said. "It would be a great environment behind you and a tough environment cheering against you."

With 81 percent of Top 100 Wisconsin recruits staying within the state borders, the Badgers and Golden Eagles will anxiously await Wilson's decision, which he says will either come on March 8, 2009 or at his senior banquet.

The reason for the date in March is it is Wilson's late mother's birthday. Wilson's mother, Carolyn, lost her battle to cancer earlier this year and Jamil thought it would be the perfect way to honor the memory of his mother.

"My mom was helping me make a big decision on where I chose to go to school. Obviously she couldn't be here for my decision so I want to try and decide on her day because it would make her happy that I am doing that."

So while Wisconsin basketball fans wait on Wilson's decision, the five-star athlete will figure out what summer camps he is going to attend, narrow down his list of schools and have some fun during his last summer at home.

"I am going to be doing a lot of running, lifting weights and conditioning to keep in shape," Wilson said. "I do know that I will be doing stuff with my team this summer because this is the last summer I will be able to do that. I just want to have fun this summer and play some ball."

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