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First team all Met from Wilson High. About 6'8" and could really play. He was dying to come to AU. He used to hang around practices when the team used Leonard Arena (and calling it an arena is a stretch) to practice. But, like I said, admissions would not accept him. He enrolled in Miami, as I said. I have no idea how successful he was once there. Perhaps Haywood remembers. All I know is, it was a huge loss for the program. I'd like to add an addition to what Haywood stated as well. There were so many more basketball junkies back then. I continue to lament the current students' apathy. But that is a thread for another time.
Supposedly worked out with our guys from time to time on campus and as BE said he desperately wanted to join the Eagles. Also, supposedly, his SAT scores held him back - I don't know if that is true. I seem to recall that he was a 6'7" or 8" power forward type - but it was a long time ago, so I am not sure I am remembering that correctly.
Tried to find out info on Wilson's career on the "U's" web site. At least through my mobile device no luck. And googling that name (including referencing Univ of Miami Basketball) as you might imagine, proved unsuccessful.
Speaking of fanatics, when Kermit was a freshman we junkies went to all the freshmen home games and many of the road games, as well. Who does that!?!
And speaking of being irritated with the Administration, the frustration with Wilson's academic issues was that while we all thought AU was a good school we were not exactly "Harvard on the Potomac." We also heard that the Athletic Department thought he would get in, but Admissions nixed it.
I may be way off base here and I don't have first hand knowledge, but might some of you be referring to Willie Allen who played at Miami starting in 1969? He was 6'6" out of Rockville, MD and made the Miami Hall of Fame.
Post by notjuanjones on Mar 7, 2018 20:06:37 GMT -5
The plot thickens: there is no Willie Wilson listed on Miami's official all-time roster. I am somewhat swayed by agold here: what are the chances two guys named Willie who were stars in the D.C. area BOTH wound up at Miami, a program that shut down in 1971 even after having Rick Barry play there just a few years prior? Check the Will Allen photo/bio and see if this is the guy you're thinking of:
Ah, Willie Allen. Since I started this thing, thanks to all who remembered his correct name. I'm pretty sure, though, he played at Wilson in the District. But I've already showed the deficits in my memory. An the AU administration still doesn't get a pass. They could have, but wouldn't, accept him.
Back to the initial topic - assistance for bringing along the big men. There was the Pete Newell big man camp at one time but I think that's suffered since Newell's death. And Kermit Washington had some misfortune so I don't think that's an option. When Washington lobbied for the AD position he implied that Dantley could be his choice for basketball coach. Not sure what Dantley has been up to, but refereeing at least has him involved in the game. Ed Tapscott had some great connections over the years so that could be explored - he was close with the Horford family if I recall correctly. For awhile former Wizard/Bullet George Muresan attended AU games, not sure what the connection was but he has NBA experience. Lots of options. Another option is get lucky with a recruit and all of a sudden the coach looks like a genius. How many scholarships do we have?