Call it in the zone, call it â€˜balling,â€™ call it taking over the game. Whatever you want to call it, sophomore guard Darren Wilson was in it as he led Clinton Junior College 11-6, 2-0.over Belmont Abbeyâ€™s JV team Sunday night.
Wilson, who was an accomplished scorer at Lincolnton High School, drained nine 3-pointers on his way to 29 points. His other basket? A one-hand slam dunk.
â€œI just got hot, just got into the zone. Whenever I think I can get hot like that, I just try to get under control and just let it go,â€ he said.
In his second year at Clinton, whereâ€™s heâ€™s hoping to transfer to Charleston Southern or any other division one school, Wilson is trying to make the most of his opportunities.
â€œThis is my second year and Iâ€™m trying to go out with a bang. It reminds me of senior year in high school. You know itâ€™s your last year, so you might as well go out and give it all you got,â€ he said.
Coming off the bench, Wilson nailed three straight 3-pointers upon entering the game on his way to five threes in the first half alone.
â€œItâ€™s always been a dream to see how many points I could put up. Not to be a selfish player, but at the same time to know I can go out and take over at any time,â€ he said.
Wilson, whoâ€™s quick to flash a smile, is grateful the Lord has put him in this situation to go to college and get an education. Basketball, while he loves it, is secondary to his ultimate goal which is graduating.
â€œWithout God none of this would be possible. I wouldnâ€™t have gotten to come back to school for this second year. Hopefully, I can finish and get this two-year degree,â€ he said.
by John Mark Brooks