After three years with the Lehigh males’s basketball crew, senior guard Marques Wilson is getting into his last season as a Mountain Hawk. This time, nevertheless, he stands alone as the one remaining participant in his class.
Wilson entered his freshman yr accompanied by three different gamers within the class of 2021. As a result of switch of guard Caleb Bennett and roster departure of ahead Shane Acoveno after the 2018- 2019 season, coupled with the switch of middle James Karnik after the 2019-2020 season, Wilson is now essentially the most skilled participant on the crew.
Wilson faces a brand new set of expectations in terms of being a pacesetter for his teammates. With 11 underclassmen on the roster and COVID-19 bringing uncertainty to the season, Wilson has taken it upon himself to maintain his crew centered on success.
“All of us view Marques (Wilson) as a really devoted man to this system, being that he’s the one one in his class that hasn’t left,” stated sophomore guard Reed Fenton. “Clearly, with COVID-19 happening, it’s been onerous for us to have the ability to get collectively and exercise. However after we do, Marques is at all times there and difficult us.”
Assistant coach Quinn McDowell stated Wilson units the tone for the remainder of the crew and competes at a excessive degree. Being the eldest participant on the crew, his coaches are counting on him to guide by instance and lift the extent of competitors every day.
“I wish to be the senior I want I had once I got here to Lehigh.”
Though Wilson stated he’s disillusioned to lose the gamers in his class, he believes that being a senior is only a label in terms of management on the crew.
“Simply because the juniors aren’t seniors and the sophomores aren’t seniors doesn’t imply that they aren’t necessary leaders on the crew,” Wilson stated.
The most important problem he has confronted in preparation for the season, Wilson stated, is the completely different conditions COVID-19 created for his teammates whereas coaching this summer time.
“I’m from Oklahoma the place the whole lot is open, however loads of my teammates are from locations the place gyms and parks aren’t open to coach for the season,” Wilson stated.
These circumstances compelled Wilson to get inventive within the methods he helps the youthful gamers, significantly the freshmen, put together for the season.
Wilson stated he’s achieved this via investing in relationships with the youthful gamers, whether or not in-person or over the cellphone.
“I wish to be the senior I want I had once I got here to Lehigh,” Wilson stated.
Wilson stated this implies taking the teachings he has realized in his three seasons and passing them on to the underclassmen. He hopes he’ll be capable to earn the belief and respect of the freshmen and guarantee they’re properly geared up to play at a collegiate degree.
Individually, Wilson has excessive expectations for his play this season. He stated he has his eyes on profitable the Patriot League and being adaptive to make sure his crew can obtain that.
McDowell has little doubt Wilson will be capable to be a key participant this season.
”We consider that Marques could be top-of-the-line gamers within the Patriot League on each ends of the courtroom,” McDowell stated.
Wilson stated he has aspirations of constant to play basketball after faculty, and he stated he believes that taking part in 4 years of collegiate basketball has gifted him the instruments for achievement.
From having the ability to deal with criticism to staying devoted to his crew for 4 years, Wilson stated he is aware of these expertise will translate after faculty.
As of now, a call on the 2020-2021 Patriot League basketball season has not been introduced. Final month, the NCAA introduced seasons for males’s and girls’s basketball Division I groups can start on Nov. 25.