Calvert Hall's Wilson has sights set on Division I

December 13, 1992|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

He worries too much about things he can't control, sometimes labors on tender ankles and doesn't really fit the mold of any collegiate basketball position.

But Chris Wilson, Calvert Hall's 6-foot-7 center, is making do nicely.

Entering a major test tonight against St. John's Prospect Hall of Frederick, Wilson is averaging 19 points and nine rebounds through three games and taking aim on the first team All-Catholic League honor that eluded him last season.

When coach Joe Baker talks about Wilson, the word consistency constantly pops up.

"Chris has to work on it, and he's starting to get it now," said Baker. "There was been a lot of improvement in three years. He's always had ability, but the problem has been you'd see him for a while, then he'd disappear. He needs to stay on top of it all the time."

If Wilson can develop the consistency, he may be destined for a Division I program in college where he hopes to enter a pre-med course.

A good student, he has been contacted by Bucknell and several Division II and III programs, but there is no clear destination yet.

"To tell the truth, I'd love to play for Dean Smith at North Carolina. I've gotten letters from them," said Wilson. "But they recruit All-Americans. I don't know if I fit there."

Probably not. He has been forced to play inside at Calvert Hall because the team lacks height, but he is more suited to be a swing player with his quickness.

"He has the potential to play at a Division I school, but needs to find the best place to fit his abilities, so he can play with some sort of identity," said Baker.

"Chris isn't a powerful player in the post. He has good finesse and is an eager learner. It's a matter of working on it."

Wilson averaged 15 points as a junior and was disappointed in himself that he didn't make the All-Catholic first team.

"I wasn't happy because I thought I should have done better," he said. "But I didn't have any problems with the guys who did make it. They deserved to be there."

Wilson began playing with his dad, David, a former University of Baltimore athlete, and rose through the Lutherville-Timonium Recreation Council program. He was a junior varsity starter for the Cardinals as a freshman and is in his third year as a varsity regular.

"I was into soccer in middle school, but when I got to Calvert Hall, they said to concentrate on basketball, so that's how I turned. It just made more sense," he said.

He was 6-5 when he joined the program.

In his eyes, defense is his shortcoming, although Baker credits him with improvement in that area.

"I worry too much about helping and lose track of my own man," said Wilson. "And I have to get a better handle dribbling the ball because we play man and press a lot to try to cause turnovers and quicken the game. Sometimes, I have to handle the ball."

Baker said Wilson "sometimes gets slowed down by things not in his control, foul trouble or missing a shot, for instance. He has to learn to roll with them a little bit."

What the coach wants is for opponents to be concerned about the threat Wilson provides. More power inside to go with his excellent moves around the basket would be a start.

With a revamped schedule in its division of the A Conference that does not include the superb athletes of the city schools, Calvert Hall has a chance to be champion.

In the restructuring of the Maryland Scholastic Association to conform with joining the state association, the Catholic schools and several private schools wound up with their own league.

"Since we don't have teams like Dunbar and Southern any more, we have a chance at the MSAs," said Wilson. "Not having to play them will be a change."

Now, Wilson's 210 pounds will be more imposing. He rarely will face anyone taller or bulkier this season. That could be the impetus get into a Division I school.

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