Upstate Underclassman Guard Has D-1 Looks

Reporter Mike Sullivan takes a look at the individual game of upstate backcourt prospect, J.J. Wilkins of Niagara Falls High School in Niagara Falls, New York ...

Niagara Falls High School (Niagara Falls, New York) has traditionally been of the better upstate basketball programs. New head coach Sal Costantino has kept that wonderful tradition going in a positive fashion, featuring a roster filled with some terrific young talent.

One of the players to watch over the next couple of seasons is J.J. Wilkins. Recently, Wilkins was equally effective on both ends of the court.

J.J. scored 15 points to help NFHS upend Grand Island High School, 94-38. Wilkins was also a terror on defense, being credited with seven steals.

NFHS then defeated Canisius of Buffalo, 77-58.

Wilkins also achieved double figures in the victory.


Wilkins' defensive skill level was a big reason why Niagara Falls High School knocked off Jamestown on opening night. "He locked down his opponent and helped us win," said Costantino.

Wilkins also made some significant contributions on offense. He scored nine points.

But the stat that stands out so much was Wilkins' seven steals, disrupting the Jamestown offense. "He made a difference," said Costantino.

Only a sophomore, Wilkins will need to be consistent defensively to help NFHS win more basketball games.


"His point guard skills are improving every day," said Costantino. "He works very hard and we're hoping he has a big season."

Wilkins goes about 5-foot-9 and 150 pounds, built low to the ground and perfect for backcourt skills, especially at the point guard position.

"J.J. really changes the outlook of the game from the defensive side," said Costantino. "He is improving every day in practice too. He reminds me of former St. Bonaventure guard Tim Winn, a Niagara Falls native."

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