There was some speculation after Vander Blue declared early for the NBA draft that fourth-year junior Jamil Wilson would follow in his footsteps.
That’s not the case, as Wilson will return for his senior year in Milwaukee, a source close to the situation told PaintTouches.com.
Yesterday Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times confirmed via Twitter that Wilson had submitted his name for review to the Undergraduate Advisory Committee, but after some consideration has declined to make the jump.
Players had until 11:59 p.m. last night to withdraw from the draft, and until Apr. 28–the date the NBA set its final draft list–to declare for good.
Last year Wilson averaged 9.7 points and 4.9 rebounds for the Golden Eagles. He picked up his play in the final two months of the season, averaging 13.0 points and 5.4 rebounds in Marquette’s last nine games of the season.
He was instrumental in Marquette’s NCAA Tournament run, scoring 43 points and making 6-of-12 3-pointers in the Golden Eagles’ three wins over Davidson, Butler and Miami, respectively.
With Blue’s departure to the NBA, Wilson will be called upon to take on even more of a leadership role than the one he held down the stretch of last season. The emergence of sophomore Steve Taylor and the arrival of junior college forward Jameel McKay may mean more time at the “3” on the perimeter for Wilson, where he was Marquette’s best 3-point shooter last year.
Wilson’s cousin, Duane Wilson, joins the team as a freshman this season, too.
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