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Clay Wilson (basketball player)

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Clay Wilson
BornClayton Scott Wilson
(1992-08-13) August 13, 1992 (age 27)
Tulsa, Oklahoma
NationalityAmerican
OccupationProfessional basketball player
Known forShooting ability, basketball IQ

Clayton Scott "Clay" Wilson (born August 13, 1992 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Supercity Rangers in the New Zealand National Basketball League.[1]

He previously played basketball at Princeton University and Professionally in Germany.[2][3] [4] He is widely known for his shooting ability, and for his basketball IQ. [5] [6]

High School[edit | edit source]

Clay Wilson grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and attended Lincoln Christian School where he was the class 3A player of the year in 2011, and also named to the Daily Oklahoman and Tulsa World All State teams.[7] Wilson was also named first team all metro in 2011. [8]Wilson was also featured on the cover of Vype magazine as an Elite 8 member. [9][10] Wilson was twice nominated for the Elite 8 Ford Award. He was the first player at Lincoln to start all four years, and he led his school to the State Tournament in both 2009 and 2010.[11] [12]Wilson scored over 2,200 points in high school and was the MVP of the 2011 Faith 7 game.[13] Wilson also was named the male winner of Wendy's High School Heismanaward for the state of Oklahoma.[14] He played AAU for NIKE sponsored team Athletes First, which is now renamed team Blake Griffin and participated in the EYBL Nike National Peach Jam.[15] He received several scholarship offers but eventually chose to further his education and basketball career at Princeton University. [16]

College[edit | edit source]

Wilson's college career in the Ivy League at Princeton was riddled with injuries, however in 2015 he was awarded the Bob Rock 6th man of the year award for his play at Princeton.[17] Clay totaled 74 career victories in his four years. Wilson improved his field goal percentage, three point percentage and points per game average all four years. During his time at Princeton he was selected to play on an overseas travel team with other Ivy League players.[18]

Professional Career[edit | edit source]

Following his collegiate career, Wilson played professionally in Germany. From 2015- 2017 Wilson played with the Bochum Astrostars. They are now renamed the VFL SparkassenStars Bochum [3] [19]He led them to a 3rd place finish in his first year. [20] His second year the Bochum Astrostars made history and went further in the playoffs than the club had ever gone before. [21] Wilson now plays in New Zealand for the Supercity Rangers in the National Basketball League. In his 4th game Wilson scored 48 points for the Rangers. The second most in modern NBL history. He also hit 11 threes which is a NBL record. [22]

Coaching Career[edit | edit source]

In 2017 Clay Wilson became the Head Coach for the Green Country Defenders varsity boys basketball team in Tulsa Oklahoma. After one season he returned to playing professional basketall.[23]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "EUROBASKET NEWS".
  2. "German Basketball, Teams, Scores, Stats, News, Standings - eurobasket News".
  3. 3.0 3.1 Rudzynski, Ralf. "US-Mann Wilson stärkt die AstroStars".
  4. "- GoPrincetonTigers.com - Princeton Athletics". www.goprincetontigers.com.
  5. Pendergraft, Rick. "Clay Wilson Heading Overseas".
  6. "Former Lincoln Christian Star Clay Wilson Preparing For Breakout Season At Princeton".
  7. "Oklahoman boys basketball All-State teams". 9 April 2011.
  8. Reports, Staff. "Boys All-Metro basketball roster".
  9. "Eastern Oklahoma's 7th Annual Elite Eight: Top Basketball Players - VYPE OKLAHOMA – The Leader in High School Sports". vype.com.
  10. "VYPE Tulsa Area January 2011".
  11. Correspondent, DUANE DAPRON World. "Talihina blasts Lincoln Christian".
  12. http://newsok.com/article/3445687. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. "DeVonte Smith, Oklahoma team defeat Texas All-Stars in Faith 7 Basketball Bowl". 11 June 2011.
  14. "Lincoln Christian's Clay Wilson and Texhoma's Brittany Beattie earn honor..." 5 November 2010.
  15. "Athletes First". athletesfirst.com.
  16. "Former Tulsa Lincoln Christian star Clay Wilson signs with Princeton". 14 June 2011.
  17. "Edwards, Brase, Wilson Earn Team Honors at Men's Basketball Banquet - Princeton University". Princeton University.
  18. "Men's Hoops' Clay Wilson to Take Basketball Trip to Europe - Princeton University". Princeton University.
  19. http://www.vflastrostars.de/content-news/335-clay-wilson-bleibt-ein-bochumer. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  20. Rudzynski, Ralf. "AstroStars schließen als Dritter ab".
  21. "German Basketball, Teams, Scores, Stats, News, Standings - eurobasket News".
  22. http://www.australiabasket.com/New-Zealand/news/530707/Clay-Wilson-(ex-Bochum)-agreed-terms-with-SC-Rangers
  23. World, Barry Lewis Tulsa. "High schools: Clay Wilson resumes pro basketball playing career after coaching stint".


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