Derrick Wilson - An Alaskan Talent

Hotchkiss PG Derrick Wilson

Like many of the elite basketball players, Derrick Wilson is well traveled. He has been back home in Alaska for a week and a half since March with a passel of AAU tournaments and assorted basketball camps behind him. In a few weeks, it's off to Connecticut and the prestigious Hotchkiss School, the same prep school where Tech freshman hoopster Jason Morris shared backcourt duties.

We had a chance to see Derrick Wilson a few weeks ago at the Peach Jam in N. Augusta, South Carolina. He was not playing his natural position in that tournament. "They had me playing the two guard spot which isn't my preferred position but I did the best I could in front of a lot of family and friends."

Derrick is from Alaska but was born in Augusta." My folks still have a home there and that's where I first met Jason (Morris)." Morris is now enrolled at Tech but the two still keep in touch. "He texted me a couple of times but I know he's pretty busy."

Wilson has more than fifteen offers including one from Georgia Tech. The schools that have previously offered him are the ones that are staying in contact with him. "Georgia Tech, West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Stanford are the ones that are recruiting me the hardest."

Derrick hasn't made any visits but is putting together plans to visit some of the schools. "I've talked with Coach (Peter) Zaharis and I'll be in Atlanta sometime in August or September and I have similar plans for Oklahoma and West Virginia."

Following the visits, Wilson plans on reducing his list. "I'll reduce my list of schools to five by mid-September and then three by the end of September." Wilson's choice of schools will come after he reduces his list to three schools.

Wilson has a few things he'll be looking at in selecting a school. "It depends on the guard situation, but I'll do what I have to do to get playing time so I'm pretty confident wherever I go I will get an opportunity to play early." The real focus for Wilson will be on the quality of education at the school he chooses.

Distance from home doesn't look to be a problem for Derrick. "If I go to the East Coast, my parents would move from Alaska to be closer."

Prior to his senior year, Wilson was a two sport star at Hotchkiss. He was highly rated as a quarterback but won't be playing football this season. "This is the first time in six or seven years that I won't be playing football but I'm okay with that," said Derrick. "I think our first basketball game is right after Thanksgiving." Derrick will be ready to play. "I'm ready now and my weight is down a little and I'm now 6'1"-200.

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