One Wilson up, one Wilson down (Basketball)

January 6, 2010

At East High, Damar Wilson and Dennis Wilson of Anchorage made up one of the most explosive backcourts in Alaska.

The same thing was expected when the brothers landed at Yakima Valley Community College.

But injuries have grounded them.

Damar Wilson

Damar, a 6-foot-4 freshman, suffered a season-ending knee injury last season and Dennis, a 6-foot-3 sophomore, has been sidelined with a knee injury since mid-December.

They started side by side for two games in December during the Knights Classic in Wenatchee, Wash. They combined for 29 points, 10 rebounds, four steals and two blocks in a win and a loss.

Since then, though, it’s been a one-man band.

Damar leads the team in rebounding (6.7) and ranks second in scoring (12.3) through 12 games.

Yakima Valley, of the Northwest Association of Community Colleges, has a 6-6 record, highlighted by a third-place finish at the Clackamas Holiday Tournament. The team also placed fourth at the Clark Crossover Tournament.

The Wilsons are being hyped as the impact players for a team that finished third at last year’s NWAACC Tournament.

Damar has had four games with 20 or more points, highlighted by 23-point performances against Bellevue and Clackamas. His finest all-around game came against Southwest Oregon when he delivered 21 points and 13 rebounds in a win.

Dennis Wilson

Dennis, meanwhile, was averaging 10.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 2.0 steals before his injury.

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