11 Kyle Wilson
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An excellent long-ranger shooter, Kyle Wilson is expected to battle for the starting off-guard position left open by Shannon Crooks’ graduation ... Can play either guard position ... Spent the summer of 2002 with the Canadian National Developmental Team, a squad which practiced with the National squad, and played games against the NIT All-Stars and other touring teams ... “Kyle had a very good year last year, I thought he did a lot of good things for us and had a lot of good moments,” UMass coach Steve Lappas said. “He’s had to learn the most difficult position on our team, the point, but he can also play a little at the two (guard), because he can really shoot the basketball. Kyle worked very hard over the summer, and he looks good physically.”
As a Freshman in 2001-2002
Made seven starts in 29 appearances as a rookie ... Averaged 3.9 points and 1.3 rebounds in 16.4 minutes per game ... Ranked third on the team in both three-point goals made (25) and attempted (74) and assists (53), and fourth in free throw (.750, tied) and three-point percentage (.338) among Minutemen with at least 40 attempts ... Against Atlantic 10 foes, he shot 38.0 percent from three-point range and averaged 5.3 points ... Nailed at least one three-pointer in 15 appearances, two or more seven times ... Recorded a career-high 17 points in UMass’ homecourt victory over Temple, and contributed five or more points 10 times on the year ... His performance against Temple was aided by a 5-for-7 effort from three-point range ... Minutemen were 5-2 on the year with Wilson as a starter ... Collected at least one assist in 23 of 29 appearances, including 14 multiple-assist outings, and a high of five at Richmond ... Played a career-high 32 minutes against Xavier in A-10 Tournament, and had 25 stints of 10 or more minutes on the year ... Grabbed a career-high three rebounds on three occasions ... Led team in steals five times, assists on four occasions and scoring once ... Received UMass’ Rafer Giles Sixth Man honors … Tallied 20 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals in exhibition debut against the BABC All-Stars.
Averaged 26 points, 12 assists and four rebounds per game as a senior at White Rock Christian Academy in White Rock, British Columbia ... Ranked as Canada’s top high school point guard .... In the provincial tournament, Wilson averaged 28 points, 13.5 assists en route to tournament MVP honors, as coach David Craig’s Warriors finished second ... Co-captained his high school team as a senior, and led squad to 35 victories ... Nailed 12 treys in one game as a prep senior and hit 42 percent from beyond the arc in his final prep season ... Averaged 21 points as a junior for coach Scott Allen, and captured the World Junior three-point shooting contest in France ... Played for Team Canada and Canada’s Under-21 National Team in the summer of 2001 ... Averaged 9.0 points and 4.0 assists in a four-game series against Japan ... The first recruit of the Steve Lappas-era, Wilson was originally going to attended Villanova before Lappas moved to Amherst.
Full name is Kyle McCammond Wilson ... Son of Rick and Caroll Wilson, he has a brother and a sister ... Born June 21, 1983, in Calgary, Alberta ... Enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences ... He and his wife, Kristel, reside in Amherst with their son, Kyle, Jr.