After one redshirt year and one full year at Missouri State University, Drew Wilson is returning home to Tulsa to play for the Golden Eagles.
Wilson was recruited by ORU during his senior year of high school.
“I have known coach Sutton and coach Brown for a while,” Wilson said.
“Initially, I wanted to come to ORU out of high school,” said Wilson. “It was one of my top three choices, but I ended up picking Missouri State.”
However, Wilson began to have second thoughts.
“Things just weren’t working out [at Missouri State],” Wilson said.
Missouri State granted Wilson a release just before the death of his sister in April.
“It was almost like it was meant for me to be home,” he said.
Wilson could come back home, but would not be immediately eligible to play.
According to NCAA regulations, a student athlete that transfers, must sit one year before being eligible to play for their new team. The athlete can participate in practice and team events, but not games.
Wilson was originally denied immediate eligibility to play this season.
“With a death in the family, the NCAA had said no… A lot of transfers have happened for less,” Wilson said.
Wilson and ORU petitioned the ruling. The petition stayed with the NCAA all summer until some weeks ago.
The NCAA accepted the petition after they changed the immediate eligibility rule to include a death in the family.
“It’s a blessing to finally get that weight off my shoulders and play right away,” Wilson said concerning the ruling.
After getting to ORU, Wilson was able to quickly adjust to a new school.
“Of course it is different… coming to a Christian school…but it has opened me up more socially. It has been a great opportunity for me so far…and I expect nothing but great things,” he said.
Being back in his hometown isn’t the only thing that will be familiar to Wilson. He’ll be with some familiar faces as well.
“I grew up playing basketball with Korey Bilbury, so we are real close. I haven’t been this close to a group of guys since AAU [Amateur Athletic Union]… with Korey Bilbury and Adrion Webber,” Wilson said.
Wilson has high expectations for this season. “This is the second year in a row I have played on a team with only one senior, and I feel like I will be able to step up a lot more this year to help the team.”
When asked about a life role model, Wilson said his mother.
“She took care of my handicapped sister since she was eighteen. The strength she has mentally and the ability she has to adapt is admirable,” said Wilson.
Wilson is a sports management major with a minor in sociology. But as one might expect, after college, Wilson said he, “Would love to play basketball until the wheels fall off.”
Look for Drew Wilson this season, which starts versus Northwood on Saturday Nov. 2 at the Mabee Center.