TUSCALOOSA, AL— Today I got the chance to catch up with Alabama JUCO target Langston Wilson of Georgia Highlands College. 247sports has Wilson rated as the sixth overall JUCO prospect. Wilson is being pursued by the Crimson Tide as well as having a slew of impressive offers from other programs such as Kansas, Maryland, Memphis, Ole Miss, West Virginia, and many others. In his freshman year, Wilson averaged 10 points per game on 54% from the field, 30.8% from 3-point range, 7.6 rebounds per game, and 1.2 blocks per game. Look for these numbers to only improve in a sophomore campaign that should lead to more minutes, starts, and opportunities to make plays.
Wilson tells me “recruiting has been crazy these last few months. Alabama has been one of the schools that have been heavily involved.” We all know that Coach Nate Oats and Coach Bryan Hodgson have had success in the past with finding diamonds from the JUCO ranks and seeing them flourish at the D-1 level. Wilson speaks highly of the staff and their style for this reason— “They play really fast and up and down. What Coach Oats has done with JUCO guys at this level is great and many of them have been successful.” In regards to Alabama’s system, both Wilson and the staff see him as a great potential fit: “They see me as a player that can be similar defensively to Herb Jones being able to guard 1-5. Offensively they see me as a forward who can play many different positions and score on bigger, slower guys on the perimeter. I see the same type of thing. A guy that can pick and pop and create mismatches on switches.” Wilson is known for his athleticism and high-flying dunks, similar to Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr., when asked about this comparison Wilson tells me he models his game after both Derrick Jones and New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram. Wilson’s length and versatility make him a nice mix of the two, especially when his jump shot is falling. I asked Wilson what the one thing he’d like to showcase in his sophomore campaign and his answer is a great one: “I feel like everything skill-wise will fall into place for me. Being a leader and being vocal is huge.” Finally, I asked what his timetable is for a decision. Wilson tells me he does not have a timetable currently and plans to continue figuring it out. He says “only God knows, honestly” about whether he will be a fall or spring decision.
Wilson is definitely a name for Alabama fans to keep a close eye on and he continues to weigh his options. Alabama’s staff have done a good job here to get themselves in the position they are in. Wilson would be a great fit on both sides of the ball and would fit the culture Nate Oats is building well. Below is my scouting report on Wilson’s game.
Wilson is a unique player who would fit well in Nate Oats’ system. The 6’9” forward is one of the most athletic players I have watched film on, not only in this recruiting cycle, but in quite some time. The first time I watched Wilson the first name that came to mind was Derrick Jones Jr. of the Miami Heat, who is one of the players he models his game after. An extremely long forward who can defend multiple positions and make energizing plays above the rim. Wilson has the potential, length, and versatility to guard multiple positions, switch on screens, and protect the rim with his length and freakish athleticism. With his length and athleticism, he will have an impact rebounding the ball as well – on both sides. Over his 32 games this past season, he averaged just under 3 offensive boards per game. This is an area where Wilson could have an instant impact for the Tide. Wilson also has good enough ball control to make a move from the perimeter to get to the rim and make a play with slower defenders on him. This creates mismatch opportunities when bigger, slower players are defending him. As stated, Wilson is an electric athlete who will have plenty of opportunities to make highlight plays in transition as well. He is a player who can have a SportsCenter Top 10 slam whether it be in transition or in the half-court. Nate Oats has stated he likes his centers to be stretch fives or Capela type big men. Alabama fans have wondered what Donta Hall may have looked like in Coach Oats’ system, and while Wilson is a different player than Hall, he may give fans a glimpse of what could have been. Below are links of some of Wilson’s highlights if you are not already familiar with him.
As always, there are still ways to improve as a player. Wilson shot 30.8% from 3-point range last season on only a small sample size of 26 attempts. He also only shot 52.4% from the free-throw line last year. This is an area to monitor over this next season to see if volume increases and how efficiency looks with an increase. Wilson’s mechanics on his shot are good and can only get better. His length will allow him to shoot over most defenders as he continues to improve his outside touch. The ability to continue to grow as a shooter is what will maximize his offensive potential. There is plenty of reason to think Wilson will be a more than capable shooter at the next level. Wilson already has a solid offensive game that should be good to contribute in a fast-paced style of play that Alabama has become known for.
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