Defense-minded Wilson gets offensive for Marquette

November 30, 2013

Derrick Wilson BasketballMarquette needs him to be an effective scorer for the team to succeed, and it seems like Derrick Wilson of Anchorage is finally obliging.

No longer hesitant, the first-year starter has averaged 10.3 points over the last three games after failing to reach double figures in his first 73 career games.

He collected 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting in a 76-60 victory over George Washington, just four days after pouring in a career-high 14 points against Arizona State.

Wilson, of East High fame, is Marquette’s starting point guard and his focus has always been on defense. But now that’s one of the team leaders, the junior has never been asked to score more.

Last fall, he told me he wanted to score within the flow of the offense. He seems to be doing that as well.

Over the last three games he has a 16-3 assist-to-turnover ratio.

In seven games this season, Wilson is averaging 5.0 points, 4.6 assists and 4.1 rebounds.

On Nov. 12, the 6-foot-1 guard dished out a career-high 10 assists against Grambling State.