I see this interaction as a positive one, and expect to see more of this during the upcoming season. - Jonathan Daniel
The junior forward is the focus of today's preview, as we continue through the path to the Carrier Classic on Friday night.
As we discussed in Jamil Wilson's season review last year, his season didn't really take off until Chris Otule got hurt, which allowed Wilson to have a much more defined role on the team. But as Buzz has famously said recently, this is a brand new house we're living in now.
Before Otule got hurt last year, Wilson seemed to be meandering along through Marquette's games. Does the departure of Todd Mayo's newfound ineligibility open up more space for Wilson to do more things for Marquette? I think it's safe to say that we're expecting a lot from Wilson this year, but I've got more questions than answers right now.clearly define Wilson's role this year? Did
Minimum Expectation: Wilson ended up with 9.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game after he was inserted into the starting lineup following Davante Gardner's injury last year. 10 and 6 should be the basement here.
Wildest Dreams: Wilson's a gifted athlete and clearly a tough minded guy, given that Buzz was getting on him last year about blocked shots that he missed out on. Getting to play with a healthy Otule & Gardner frees Wilson up to do more on the court and get pushed by Buzz to maximize his potential. Those bits combine to turn Wilson into an All-Big East First Teamer by the end of the season. Yeah, that's right: I'm calling for The Leap.
Worst Nightmare: The light doesn't go on for Wilson and he has a pedestrian season.