Feb 25, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Marquette Golden Eagles cheerleaders hold up megaphones during the game against the Syracuse Orange at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Marquette won 74-71. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Marquette 2013 Recruit Focus: Duane Wilson

 

 

Profile:

Position:  Point guard

Size:  6-foot-3 176 pounds

High School and Travel League:  Whitefish Bay Dominican High School and Playground Elite

Recruiting ranks:

ESPN’s 53rd ranked player and 13th ranked PG

Rivals.com’s 51st ranked player and 11th ranked PG

Scout.com’s 71st ranked player and 12th ranked PG

247Sports 68th ranked player and 15th ranked PG

Strengths:

Sound point guard who is impressive in the open floor at pushing the break and getting the ball to open teammates.  Handling the ball comes natural to him, but is shooting also stands out.  During his senior season at Whitefish Bay Dominican High School in Milwaukee, he shot 61% from the field and a stellar 55% from 3 while averaging over 23 points per game.  Wilson is not reluctant to take the ball into the lane and has excellent touch and body control if a shot is available, but is just as skilled at driving and kicking.

Interesting note:  he is the cousin of Jamil Wilson.  So one would think that could only help him become acclimated to the team.

Weaknesses:

It wasn’t easy digging up too many weaknesses on this kid.  Most recruiting outlets state that he needs to improve his leadership skills and keep his own morale up.  It’s never easy for a freshman to come in right away and be vocal.  Much of it has to do with it being a comfort thing, but it’s often times out of respect.  But Wilson seems different.  “He is a very diligent worker in every facet of his life and has leadership qualities that are advanced for his age,” Buzz Williams said. “His maturity is immediately noticeable, whether you are talking to him or watching him play, and that will fit perfectly into our culture from day one.”  It doesn’t sound like, at least according to Coach Williams, that such concerns will be much, if any issue at all. Also, given that Marquette tends to play an up-tempo, aggressive, disciplined style, there were some concerns that he could be a bit overwhelmed.  But check out what Mark Strotman over at PaintTouches.com (a Marquette news, opinion and analysis site) wrote a few weeks back on how Wilson is preparing for his arrival on campus.  Working out seven days a week to get his body conditioned, speaking with former Marquette players, and getting up as many shots in a day as possible sounds like someone who wants to hit the ground running when he joins the team in June.

How he will fit in:

With Junior Cadougan now gone after graduating this spring, there is an opening at the point guard spot.  Derrick Wilson, a junior, will be expected to fill that role as he has two years of experience and is a sound ball handler.  But at the very least it seems that Derrick Wilson will be splitting time with Duane Wilson (this D. Wilson D. Wilson thing will only be slightly confusing I hope).  But going back to Mr. Strotman at PaintTouches.com, he believes, while the Wilsons will likely split time running the offense, that Duane could be primed for stardom.  It’s a bold prediction to make given that he hasn’t even put a uniform on yet, but I tend to agree with him, as it seems that Duane has all the skills on both ends of the court to be a complete guard for Marquette.

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