Upstate Guard Worth Watching This Summer

Reporter Mike Sullivan takes a detailed look at the individual game and progress underclassman J.J. Wilkins made this past season for Sal Costantino's boy's basketball program at Niagara Falls High School ...

J.J. Wilkins, a 5-foot-9, 155-pound quick guard prospect from Niagara Falls High School in Niagara Falls, New York, made some impressive progress in his individual game this past season for Sal Costantino's boy's basketball program.

So, Wilkins will be one of the guards we will keep an eye on this summer on the AAU circuit as he competes in some of the top tournaments in front of division one college basketball coaches.

Wilkins recently scored 13 points in an upstate all star game. He also impressed with his leadership and distribution abilities, handing out five assists.

PREVIOUSLY REPORTED:

Wilkins had a terrific 2010-2011 season for first-year head coach Sal Costantino. Wilkins made an impact in many ways. J.J. scored nearly 11 points a game this past season and was one of the better defenders game after game for Niagara Falls High School.

HIS SEASON:

J.J.had some fine games on both ends of the court this past season, including 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.

DESCRIPTION OF RISING JUNIOR 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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