(Rome, GA) – As the all-time leading scorer at Armuchee (Ga.) High School and at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, Kyle Wilson’s previous coaches have spent a lot of time counting all the positives of having him in uniform. Now, Division III Berry College Men’s Head Basketball Coach Jeff Haarlow has added this future math teacher and basketball coach to his 2011-12 Viking roster.
“Kyle has always been a scorer wherever he goes,” said Haarlow. “Kyle is one of those guys who really doesn’t have a position, but finds a way to be a huge contributor. He has always been a little too short, a little too slow, etc… But, he always finds a way.” Wilson begins year three of his collegiate career this fall on the road in an exhibition game at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama on November 7.
In 2009, the 5-11, 165-pound shooting guard walked away from Indian country in Armuchee, Georgia with the school’s scoring record cleaning the nets for 1,510 career points. After two years at JUCO member Georgia Northwestern, the hometown sharpshooter would set their scoring record as well averaging just over 18 points a game for the two-year program.
“His basketball IQ is off the charts,” said Haarlow. “Kyle is a player that is feisty and just seems to have a great knack for the ball. He’ll find his niche in our program and be successful. Just in the short time he has been here he has shown the diligence in his class work and work ethic.”
Wilson and 10 Viking teammates begin their season this November. The Vikings first home game takes place November 22 versus Emory University. The Vikings play their home games in the Cage Center on the Berry College campus, just seven miles from where he grew up and made a name for himself on the prep hardwood.
“I’ve known Coach (Haarlow) since I was little,” said Wilson. “I met him at basketball camps at Berry during my summers. He’s known my high school coach for a long time, too. He’s really helpful and seems to really care about my education.”
From academic honors to public service, Wilson represented Cats Country and the region Georgia Northwestern serves on a regular basis. “Kyle is an exceptional student-athlete who understands what his role is and then finds a way to shine in that assignment,” said Georgia Northwestern Men’s Head Basketball Coach David Stephenson. “He has a passion for the game and will do the job at the next level.”
After losing leading scorer Tim Miles to graduation this past spring, the Vikings will have new players leading the charge to build on their 16-11 mark from last season. “Kyle has always been productive,” said Haarlow. “I have no doubt that he will do it at Berry. He is a great person! That is what initially attracted us to him.” Miles now works with Campus Outreach at the University of West Georgia.
Georgia Northwestern is rebuilding their program this season after losing Wilson and co-captain Jesse Moore to graduation. “We lost a guy that is incredibly hard-nosed as far as his play on the court and his desire to win,” said Stephenson about Wilson. “It’s not only the points, but the level-head that he seems to have on the floor. It’s something we’ll miss.”
In July 2009, Wilson signed to play his first two years with Georgia Northwestern. Wilson, an all-region honoree in prep basketball for Armuchee High School (Ga.) was also a standout for the Indians on the baseball diamond. Regional media named Wilson to the lead-off spot of the all-region all-star prep baseball line-up during his senior season.
“Berry is not only getting a smart and gritty ball player,” said Stephenson. “They are also getting a young man with a great reputation and a solid academic background. I’m just glad he picked us and didn’t go there his first two years. We will always be proud to call him a Bobcat.” Wilson was the college’s first student-athlete to be named to the All-Conference and All-Academic teams in the same season.
“I really miss the program at Georgia Northwestern, but I’m glad to be moving on and continuing my career here at Berry,” said Wilson. “I simply want to make a difference in any way I can.”
Berry College, along with seven other NCAA Division III colleges spanning six states, will officially form the new Southern Athletic Association starting next fall. The Vikings will join Birmingham-Southern College, Centre College, Hendrix College, Millsaps College, Oglethorpe University, Rhodes College, and Sewanee College.
After a provisional membership this past year, Georgia Northwestern is now a full-fledged member of the NJCAA’s Region XVII. The Bobcats begin their season at home on November 3 when they host four-year Hiwassee College at the Rossville Athletic Complex. The R.A.C. is home to the Georgia Northwestern Men’s Basketball program.
For more information on Bobcat and Lady Cats Athletics at Georgia Northwestern, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706-764-3813. You may also e-mail Don Foley in the Office of Sports Information at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Georgia Northwestern Technical College, visit their website at GNTC.edu.