Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Idaho State Signs Ben Wilson

Last week, Idaho State added to their big recruiting class with the signing of junior college guard Ben Wilson. Wilson is 6'6'', and attended North Platte Community College the last two years.

He averaged 9.9 points and 4.8 rebounds per game last year, but drew a ton of praise from his coach for the intangible things that he brought to the court. Among the quotes:

“Ben was instrumental in helping our team qualify for the National Tournament as a two-time All-Conference player and an All-Region IX selection this year,” said head coach Kevin O'Connor. “He was one of the best leaders to ever play for our program and was a very good all-around player. In addition he was a 4.0 student academically. We will miss Ben and wish him the best of luck at Idaho State University.”


“He was the big reason our chemistry was so good,” the coach said. “He was a really good teammate. He wasn’t interested in scoring as much as getting his teammates involved in the offense.”


“He probably leadership-wise was as good as we’ve had,” O’Connor said. “He was a good all-around player both offensively and defensively.”
He naturally draws some comparisons to former Bengal Chase Grabau, since they are similar physically and both attended North Platte CC. The Bengals would be thrilled if he had the same impact Grabau did, as he was one of the best players in the conference his senior year. At the very least, he should be a solid teammate and could be a contributor for the Bengals. Given his leadership ability and praise from coaches, he will add a nice dynamic to the Bengals.

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