In this series, we will be meeting the new additions to Scorers 1st who recently finished their respective college careers and now prepare to make the jump from college to the pros.
College of Idaho's Josh Wilson (player profile page, available 2015-16) topped off a successful 2014-15 campaign by being selected as the Cascade Collegiate Conference men's basketball player of the year after a vote by the conference head coaches and earning NAIA All-American honors.
Wilson, a native of Las Angeles, Calif., averaged 10.8 points a game on the season and finished with the fifth best rebounding average at 7.3. He ended the season fourth in assists with 126 (3.9 average) and second in steals with 65.
The 6-3 guard played in all 32 games for the Yotes, leading them to a first place finish in the regular season and a Cascade Conference championship.
Give us the scouting report on Josh Wilson. How would you best describe yourself as a player? The best way I describe myself as a player would be a do-it-all point guard. Anything a coach needs from me I am able to provide for the team. Whether it is to be a facilitator or a scorer I can accomplish both. Being a complete player is not only on one end of the floor, I take pride in my defense. I want to guard the best perimeter player out there. To make it tough on the best opposing player and shut him down is how you are able to win games. I am able to play both great on the ball defense as well as the off the ball being able to make catches tough and get in the passing lanes. I play the one so I am very comfortable running offense and creating plays in the pick and roll and breaking my defender down and getting in the paint making the right pass or scoring the ball. I am also comfortable playing off the ball being able to be a floor spacer and someone who can come off down screens and make the right plays. I also am a great rebounder at my position, I have knack for the ball. In all, whatever a coach needs from me I’ve always been able to deliver and do a great job. All together I am winner and I’ve won at all levels since high school.
Looking back on your college career at the College of Idaho, what do you appreciate the most about that experience? I am very appreciative of all the love and support College Of Idaho gave me while I was there. It was a family environment, everyone truly cared for me more than a basketball player but as a person. I have met some of the greatest people at school and around the community who will be friends forever. The whole atmosphere of the community changed when I arrived at the school and basketball changed the whole community my two years being here. There is an anticipation for all sports now around school. We sell out of home games. We brought back the tradition in Caldwell when it comes to basketball. The whole team feels like my brothers and the entire coaching staff all had a huge impact on my life and are still influencing my life today. Coach Scott Garson gave me an opportunity to come to a school and grow up as a man, and lead a team to a championship. I’ve made some great connections while at the school. These people made me a better player but also a better person as well.
What goal/goals have you set as you consider your first year playing professionally? My main goal is to get on a team and get in a good situation where I am able to play. I want to show everyone my full game and reach my full potential as a player. I want to show my team that I can perform with everyone that the put in front of me. Coming from an NAIA school a lot of people don’t really understand the level of competition until you watch a team play. I want to prove to people that NAIA players are just as good as any other players at all levels. I want to showcase my full talent and reach my full potential. At College of Idaho a lot of us sacrificed so we could win games. We had a lot of games with multiple players that could do a lot, so I sacrificed a lot of shots and other opportunities so that way we had the best chance to win. We were really balanced throughout the stat sheet so my statistics show some of the story but my stats don’t show how good I really was. I played a facilitator roll while being a defender and scoring when necessary. Whatever Coach Garson needed me to do I would do with no hesitation, I just wanted to win. I just want to win my first year with my team and be the best player I can be.
Can you break down your offseason training schedule and routine?
My offseason schedule has been going really well. Nothing has really changed from the season I get in the gym just like if we were in season every day. But we focus a lot on cardio during our workouts as well as a lot of consistency to things that need improvement. I work out six days a week. In the gym twice a day. Starting with a good lift, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays I focus on more upper body strength then Tuesday and Thursday and Saturday I focus on the lower body. After the weight room I go straight in to shoot with the coaching staff at College Of Idaho. We focus a lot on ball handling and pick and roll things. Then shoot a lot of stationary jumpers and makes sure everything is consistent. Everything is game speed and a lot of it is on the move. We are focusing on making the right passes and certain moves to get to a spot on the court. We workout hard for about an hour and half a day. Certain days I will get in the pool and do some running in there for extra cardio. Work on breathing techniques. Recently I have started doing yoga to help with stretching and breathing also. The plan is to be in great condition and to be consistent when going to these camps and when going to play on a team.
In your life, who has helped influence you as a person/player and what words of advice have they shared? A lot of influences have been in my life and have gave me great advice along the way that has helped me get to this point of my career and life. The whole coaching staff at the College of Idaho have influenced me my two years of being there. Giving me advice on the daily about life outside of basketball and on how to be successful on and off the court. I can talk to them about anything and they give me an honest opinion about everything without judging. But since I was younger my family has always been in my corner and supported everything that I have done. My mom, grandmother, aunties and uncles have supported me throughout my whole basketball journey and they are my biggest fans and biggest critics. Growing up without a father they all had to be both mother and father so they took me to the park when I was younger and gave me the ball and I fell in love ever since. They always preached hard work in everything I do. If I was not working hard they would let me know. They pushed me since I was little so I can become the best person and player I could be. They told me if you weren’t working hard then you will never get good at anything. They kept me pushing me to get in the gym and had me work on my all-around game. Be good at everything. My family will be there through thick and thin and they will let me know if I’m doing things good but also be my biggest critics if I’m not playing up to standard.
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