By RON PRESTON
Expectations are high for both Andy Wilson, a first team all-state basketball selection of the Topeka Capital Journal, and Washburn University basketball coach Bob Chipman.
“Andy is a great athlete in both basketball and football,” Chipman said. “He’s a combo guard who can play both the one or two spots and we look forward to him to step in and play immediately. He’s one of our high school signees who come from a winning program and who knows how to win.”
“I want to go down there and play right away. I mean, I’ve just got to go there and work really hard and hopefully I’ll get some minutes this year,” Wilson said.
Wilson had an outstanding basketball career at Abilene High School where he lettered all four years under head Coach Terry Taylor.
He averaged 18 points per game and was named second team all state by the Wichita Eagle in addition to the first team selection of the Topeka Capital Journal as well as first team North Central Kansas League honors.
Wilson was named to the all-tournament teams of the Salina Invitational Tournament and Dickinson County Classic in 2013 and he was the MVP of the Salina tournament his junior season. He was also an honorable mention class 4A All-State quarterback in football.
As a sophomore he averaged 15 points per game and was named first team all-league and honorable mention all state by the Eagle and the Capital Journal.
Andy’s senior season came to a sudden halt in the Class 4A State Tournament in Salina when he crumpled to the floor in the semifinal game against the number one seeded Topeka Highland Park Scots.
Wilson sat out the second half of that game and the team’s fourth place finish game against Andale.
The injury looked more severe than it actually turned out as Andy dislocated his kneecap versus a tear to any joint muscles.
“My leg is good now, actually I’ve been cleared to play, practice, workout for a while now, almost a month now,” Wilson said.
“I’ve been to Washburn once just to play with the team but they gave me a workout schedule that I can do here,” he added.
“My summer is going good so far. I’ve kept myself busy,” Wilson said.
His team ‘Smokin Threes’ of Keil Kelly, Jesse Patrick, and Pac Lyles recently won the Abilene fourth of July basketball tournament in Eisenhower Park.
Wilson’s team is aptly named, as hitting three point shots are one of his special talents. He is in the Abilene High School and NCKL record book for a number of categories including three point shooting percentage, where he finished second in the league this year by hitting 55 of 132 attempts for 41.7 per cent.
“I’ll report to college on Aug 15th and begin workouts on campus with the team and coaches then,” he concluded.