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Wilson named National Player of Year

Doug Wilson of Kirkwood has hit the national jackpot again.

Wilson was named the MVP of the NJCAA Division II national tournament  last month when he led the Eagles to their second national title in  four years.

Now the talented 6-foot-7 center from Des Moines has been honored as  the National Player of the Year as well.

Wilson had a sensational game in the national finals when he collected  30 points, 15 rebounds, five blocks and four assists in the victory  over Johnson County at Danville, Ill.

Wilson averaged 21 points, 8.7 rebounds and shot 67 percent from the  field. He led the ICCAC conference in points per game, rebounds per  game, field goal percentage, rebounds and blocks. For his efforts, he  was named the conference MVP and the regional MVP to sweep all four  major MVP awards this season.

Wilson thanked Kirkwood Coach Bryan Petersen and his staff for holding  him accountable during his two years with the Eagles, both on the  court and off the court. "Not every coach would do that," he said.

Wilson was a poor free throw shooter when he arrived at Kirkwood and  shot 46 percent as a freshman, but he raised his accuracy to 70  percent as a sophomore with lots of practice.

Wilson also showed vast improvement in his ballhandling and passing  skills during his career at Kirkwood, in addition to his sweet moves  around the basket and rebounding skills. He also served as a quietly  effective leader on the ballclub.

Wilson has signed to play at South Dakota State, an NCAA Division I  school that competes in the Summit Conference.

Last Updated ( Friday, 12 April 2019 11:18 )  

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