Upstate Prospect Shines In All Star Event

Reporter Mike Sullivan has a report on the recent success of upstate underclassman J.J. Wilkins, who impressed many fans and coaches with his backcourt performance in an all star event ...

J.J. Wilkins, a 5-foot-9, 150-pound guard prospect from Niagara Falls High School in Niagara Falls, New York, shined in a recent all star event. Wilkins, playing for the West squad that lost a tough 76-74 battle, scored 13 points. J.J. was also effective showing lead guard skills. He had five assists in the game.

Wilkins is coming off a very good 2010-2011 season for new head coach Sal Costantino's boy's basketball team. While the year ended for Niagara Falls High School with a sectional title loss to Jamestown, a team they had upended in the regular season, Wilkins sparkled on both ends of the floor.

J.J. produced nearly 11 points a game and was one of the better defenders for his team, using his quickness to cause three to four steals and turnovers per contest.


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 a tremendous future.


"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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