Hard work propels Connor Wilson from water boy to starter

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“I want to win a state championship, I want to lead the state in scoring and assists, and I want to be Mr. Basketball. I’m shooting for the stars.”

These are the words of Ohio County High School’s junior point guard Connor Wilson. While they may seem far-fetched, Wilson’s goals are realistic to him because of his past experiences.

Wilson admits that he was “very average” in eighth grade when he served as the water boy for his high school team. But he worked hard on and off court and, in just two short years, was starting for that same varsity team. Wilson said he owes a lot of that success to his personal coach and trainer, Greg Keown.

Keown coached at a junior college and was also an assistant coach at Nebraska for four years. He now trains Wilson daily on the court and in the weight room, and has helped Wilson get to where he is today.

“Ever since I started working out with him, he’s kind of taken me in,” Wilson said about Keown. “We work out every single day. He’s just helped me out more than anybody. He’s like a mentor.”

Wilson said Keown has also helped in the recruiting game. He has helped Wilson get to know college coaches and get his name out there. Wilson currently has an offer from North Texas and is being closely looked at and recruited by Southern Miss.

Although he only has one Division 1 offer at the moment, Wilson has big college aspirations, and he already knows what type of system he would like to play in.

“I’d like to play in a system that puts the ball in the point guard’s hands, shoots a lot of threes, and gets up and down the court,” he explained.

He said he feels the best part of his game is shooting off dribble, but Wilson can also be a pure point guard, and loves to distribute the ball. He also knows what he needs to improve on to compete at the next level.

“My body is what I’m working on right now. I’m just working on getting stronger,” he said.

Work ethic should not be a problem for the 6-foot point guard. The kid is a self-proclaimed gym rat, and his hard work is paying off.

“I love going to the gym every day. I love practicing. I love shooting. I love watching videos. I just live and breathe basketball,” Wilson said.

The Ohio County High School star also loves getting extra work on the court. Wilson is a big proponent of AAU basketball and plays for Team Manimal in Kentucky.

“AAU is most definitely the best way to get exposure for any player because, more than likely, you’re going to be playing against better players and better teams,” Wilson said. “There’s going to be bigger tournaments with better everything.”

Wilson said he believes with his hard work and the help of Greg Keown, he can become a basketball household name, just like his favorite NBA player, Steph Curry.

“He was really average in high school and he just happened to get the Davidson offer and he just blew up,” Wilson said of Curry. “Just the way he gives his life to God and the way he lives his life. He’s a perfect role model.

Whether it’s because of his high mental IQ or his high basketball IQ, Connor Wilson will make an impact very soon.

“It’s always been a dream to get D1 offers,” Wilson said. “Now it’s just time to get there and make the most of every opportunity.”

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Connor is a journalism major from Fallston, Maryland. Aside from TLB, he has also worked for Maryland Baseball Network, WMUC Sports and Fish Stripes on SB Nation. It is said that he will never be truly happy until the Orioles win a World Series in his lifetime. He reminds you to never bunt.
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Connor is a journalism major from Fallston, Maryland. Aside from TLB, he has also worked for Maryland Baseball Network, WMUC Sports and Fish Stripes on SB Nation. It is said that he will never be truly happy until the Orioles win a World Series in his lifetime. He reminds you to never bunt.