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UNK Mens Basketball adds D1 Transfer

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skylwat wilson(unk athletics)
Published: May. 11, 2022 at 9:55 PM CDT
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KEARNEY, Neb. (Press Release) - Nebraska-Kearney head men’s basketball coach Kevin Lofton announced today that wing Skylar Wilson will suit up for the Lopers next season.

Wilson (6-7, 180 lbs.) joins forward Ryder Kirsch (6-7 forward/Rapid City, S.D.) and guard Jamison Gruber (6-1 guard/Council Bluffs, Ia.) as recent additions to the 2022-23 roster. 

“We’re getting a true 6-7 player that can shoot the three and has the ability to put it on the floor. Skylar is a really good athlete and also has some experience,” said Lofon. “He redshirted at the Division I level after a year of prep school. So, he’s two years out of high school and will bring in some maturity.”

The Colorado native took a redshirt season this past winter at Division I Portland (Oreg.) after prepping at Eaglecrest High in Centennial, Colo., and Southern California Academy. He helped the Eaglecrest Raptors make a pair of trips to the Sweet 16 of the Class 5A state tourney.

As a senior in 2019-20, Wilson earned second-team all-conference honors after averaging 10.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game while knocking down 41 threes and making over half his two-point shots. During the summer months he was part of the Billups AAU Elite team, the same program that several current Lopers were a part of.

”We’re running a lot of motion right now so he can play two through four. Most of the time, we’re playing five out … that’ll allow him to face the basket so he can shoot it. Spacing will allow him to attack the rim; because we’re five out you don’t have a post player so it’s hard to help on the drives,” said Lofton. “When it comes to AAU basketball, a lot of the kids know of each other. It made it easier, knowing that you’ve got people here who are familiar with you and you with them.”

SCA is a high-level prep program that plays a national schedule; Wilson’s teammates included other D1 signees. Finally, he comes from an athletic family as his older sister,Kailey, is standout softball player for the Creighton Bluejays.

UNK ranked sixth in Division II last season in three-point percentage (39.8), 15th in field goal percentage (49.3) with forward DarrianNebeker 47th in assists per game (4.6). That total ranked third in the MIAA with Nebeker, a Super Senior in 2022-23, also the league’s second-best field goal shooter at 54.6 percent.

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