Upstate Guard Prospect Having Great Season

Reporter Mike Sullivan provides a free look at the individual game and regular season progress of upstate guard prospect J.J. Wilkins of Niagara Falls High School in Niagara Falls, New York ...

J.J. Wilkins, a 5-foot-9, 150-pound guard prospect from Niagara Falls High School in Niagara Falls, New York, has been one of the better players for head coach Sal Costantino's highly regarded boy's basketball program.

We previously reported that Niagara Falls ran off eight straight victories without a loss this season, defeating Kenmore East High School, 89-62. Wilkins scored 13 points and handed out six assists to spark the victory. He was equally efficient defensively too, doing a great job in getting into the passing lanes.

Niagara Falls High School is ranked in the top ten in New York State.

In addition, J.J. produced 15 points to help NFHS upend Grand Island High School, 94-38. Wilkins was also a terror on defense, being credited with seven steals and a couple of deflections.


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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