Upstate Sophomore Producing Great Games

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

J.J. Wilkins, a 5-foot-9, 150-pound guard prospect from Niagara Falls High School in Niagara Falls, New York, continues to have an excellent season.

According to head coach Sal Costantino, Wilkins scored 16 points and seven steals to lead Niagara Falls High School past Wheatfield, 70-38.

Niagara Falls has improved to 13-0 so far this season.

PREVIOUSLY REPORTED:

In a victory over Kenmore East High School, 89-62, Wilkins scored 13 points and handed out six assists. He was equally efficient defensively too, doing a great job in getting into the passing lanes.

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 has improved on both sides of the ball so far this season.

DESCRIPTION OF J.J. WILKINS' INDIVIDUAL GAME:

"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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