, Muskogee, OK

May 6, 2013

Former Muskogee hoopster heading west

By Kenton Brooks
Phoenix Sports Writer

— Muskogee’s Devante Wilson will be moving farther away from home, but that’s not bothering him.

After playing the last two seasons at Lee College in Baytown, Texas, the 6-foot-4 guard has signed with San Jose State in California. He’s ready for the next step in his life and basketball playing career.

“When I came to Baytown Lee, I was skeptical about moving out here but I got over that feeling about wanting to be close to home,” he said. “I’ve just got to do what it takes to be successful. I do what I have to do.

“Besides, it’s a good fit for me at San Jose State. The coaches are expecting me to put up some big numbers, be a leader on and off the court. They want me to have a big role on the team.”

Dave Wojcik is in his first season as the head coach at the Western Athletic Conference school. He is the brother of former Tulsa University coach Doug Wojcik and was an Golden Hurricane’s associate head coach to his brother while Wilson played at Muskogee.

“It’s really a small world and it’s cool because (David Wojcik) said he remembers me when I was a freshman at Muskogee playing for Tony Roach,” Wilson said. “It made me feel good when he said that because he noticed how much I’ve grown and matured.”

Wilson, helping the Rebels to the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament in Hutchinson, Kan., averaged 10 points per game in shooting 40.6 percent from the including 39.8 from 3-point range and 73.3 percent at the free throw line.

Wilson chose San Jose State over Lamar, Albany, Montana State, Iowa State, Missouri State, Missouri-Kansas City, Southeast Missouri and California-Northridge.