Upstate Guard Prospect Has Great Season

Reporter Mike Sullivan provides a look at the individual game and regular season progress of upstate underclassman J.J. Wilkins, who had a tremendous year for Niagara Falls High School ...

J.J. Wilkins, a 5-foot-9, 150-pound guard prospect from Niagara Falls High School in Niagara Falls, New York, had a tremendous year for new head coach Sal Costantino.

Niagara Falls High School's boy's basketball season ended with a tough loss to Jamestown in a sectional playoff title game. However, Wilkins was a positive for Costantino's program throughout the 2010-2011 season.

J.J. averaged nearly 11 points a game and was one of the better defenders in a consistent fashion for Niagara Falls.

PREVIOUSLY REPORTED:

J.J. has had some fine games on both ends of the court, producing 16 points and compiling seven steals to lead Niagara Falls High School past Wheatfield, 70-38.

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."

"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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