It’s been a rough summer for Seton Hall in terms of their guards. First, Jordan Theodore, the leader of last year’s team, graduated from the school. A few months later, transfer Sterling Gibbs from Texas, who is expected to be the Pirates’ point guard of the future, was not granted eligibility for the coming season. Finally, as recent as Friday morning, 2013 recruit Aquille Carr was arrested on assault charges. While that may not directly hurt the team now, they would certainly rather hear other news.
With all of that being said, the team is in desperate need for a point guard to step up this year. That man may be Freddie Wilson.
Sure, last year’s averages of 1.8 points, 0.8 rebounds, and 0.7 assists for Wilson were not encouraging. However, you have to look deeper. As someone who watched every Seton Hall game last year, I saw flashes of greatness for Wilson and know what he’s capable of.
Wilson does one thing very well that all point guards must do: handle the ball. Aside from Theodore, he was probably the team’s best ball handler. Wilson’s offensive game is mainly getting to the basket, although he has shown signs of a solid jumper, both from mid range and beyond the arc. Basically, if Wilson plays more than eight minutes a game, unlike last year, he will produce results.
While he still needs to work on his passing ability, Wilson is clearly the best option for the Pirates at point guard this season. If he can make a name for himself, he could provide some very important depth to the position in coming years.
The Pirates are giving Wilson two jobs this season. First, he must be a capable starting point guard for the team this season. Second, he must show he can be a very talented backup when Gibbs comes, or perhaps push him for the starting job.
Wilson is having an audition this year, and the college basketball world will be watching.