Tolleson Union High School senior Shemar Wilson committed to play basketball at Phoenix College on February 26.
Wilson was the top scorer for the Wolverines in the recently concluded 2018-19 basketball season. The team, at 15-12, finished with its best record since 2010-11.
After graduation, Wilson will begin summer training for the college basketball season, fully committing to do the best for the Bears. He hopes to win a lot of games with Phoenix College, and hopes even more that he can eventually earn a roster spot and scholarship at a four-year school.
“It’s exciting. I want to play Division 1, and I think I flew under the radar this year,” Wilson said. “PC seemed like a place where I could get that exposure and keep getting better so I can get recruited more.”
His scoring ability could prove a weapon in college, but former Tolleson coach Jeffery Wilbur said Wilson’s defensive ability will likely ingratiate him with Phoenix’s coaches even more, causing terror for others.
“We used to joke that our defensive strategy could just be called ‘Shemar,’” Wilbur said. “With teams shooting a lot of threes, we would have our perimeter guys play really tight on shooters to prevent them. And then if they did get beat on the dribble, we had a 6-foot-8 pterodactyl with long arms who could make up for it. He makes such a difference back there.”
Phoenix College coach Duane Eason shared the sentiment on Wilson’s defense, and added that his aggressive play near the rim as a big man was impressive. However, the biggest factor in recruiting Wilson might not have even been on the court. He’s simply thankful for the opportunity to play at the next level.
“A lot of guys look at Phoenix College as a place like, ‘Hey, I couldn’t get an offer anywhere else, I guess I’ll go to PC,’ but you could tell Shemar wanted to be here. He showed a level of excitement that I really liked,” Eason said.
A three-sport athlete throughout high school – Wilson competes in football and track in the basketball offseason – he never focused solely on basketball. Now, with the goal of reaching a bigger program in the back of his mind, and ample time to work on his game, it would not be shocking to see immense improvement in a short time.
“He didn’t play AAU club ball, because he was preparing for all the other sports. So, when he really commits to basketball full time, I expect him to get so much better,” Wilbur said.
Joining Wilson will be former Tolleson teammate Jimmy Causey. Wilson believes both players did not get the recruiting attention they deserved, despite great statistics and leading the Wolverines to their best record in nearly a decade.
He hopes to show scouts they missed out on him the first time around.
“I really think sometimes people forget about some of us on the west side,” Wilson said. “But I’m confident in what I’m going to be able to do at PC, and then people will have to see.”