On a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being NCAA level intensity and 1 being pop-a-shot at Dave and Buster’s, Jamil Wilson was at about a 4 at Friday night’s Scion-Dental Pro-Am action. Yet, even at a laid back pace, Wilson’s talent and athleticism was more than enough to make him shine as the player of the game, and it had nothing to do with his shoes—more on this in a bit and in the videos below.
Jamil Wilson missed the first quarter after arriving late and took a bit to warm up. Going into a game cold, no matter what the level of play, will lead to some bricked shots and plenty of ole defense. Once Wilson did get into the flow of things, he was content to stand back and let his teammates get in on the action.
I don’t have exact stats but I’d venture Wilson scored between 16 and 25 points on the night, and could have dropped 40 easily had he wanted to. Jamil picked his spots to attack the basket, scoring on a majority of the plays that he did. I was very impressed with his confidence he displayed in all facets of the game. Wilson talked his fair share of trash, verbally orchestrated plays from the perimeter and even found time to do a bit of head nodding to the music played during the action.
All in all, there’s probably nothing you can take away from Friday’s game that will be a useful analysis come November. Jamil Wilson is very good and has the length, athleticism and tools to be great. Now it’s just a matter of putting it together.
Without further ado, here are some of Wilson’s best plays as seen through my shaky hand. Notice the highlighter yellow shoes that may or may not be seen from outer space. They make it very easy to track him.
(One more note, I missed his most impressive play of the night because I had stupidly forgotten to press record. Wilson took the ball at half court, juked his defender, whizzed by two others and threw down a mean slam with an athletic leap from inside the paint. The speed and agility alone were jaw-dropping, but the power on the jam was what made it stand out even more; something that was missing from his drives last season.)
I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again, when Jamil hits his fade-away shot on a consistent basis, it’s lights out. You’re not stopping him no matter what you do. Easier said than done, obviously, but an asset that could propel him into the upper echelon of the Big East.
The floater is a shot I hope to never see Wilson use in a game, but it was too good to pass up simply for the reaction from former Badger J.P. Gavinski as Jamil is coming back to earth.
Finishing after contact will be crucial for Jamil. If only he had former teammates to teach him the ways of the And 1… paging Dr. Butler, Dr. Crowder.
Imagine this, only in traffic, and with ten times more power and you have the play of the night mentioned above.
Sweet little touch from Wilson on this alley-oop. His passing level is still up for debate. He does have vision, and even this pass takes plenty of skill, we just haven’t seen it enough in live action.
More of this smooth jumper please.
Not all YouTube clips have to be makes. If you are a Marquette fan and you don’t salivate at Wilson’s athleticism in this clip, you need to watch it again.