April 22, 2014
NEW YORK – Army sophomore forward Kyle Wilson earned another in a long list of postseason awards Tuesday when the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association announced the Mission Viejo, Calif., native was named to the All-Met Division I Second Team. Wilson will receive his award Tuesday night at the 81st NIT/MBWA Haggerty Awards dinner in Tarrytown, N.Y.
A unanimous first-team All-Patriot League selection and a second-team NABC All-District 13 pick, Wilson averaged a league-best 18.4 points per game overall and 18.2 points per game in conference play. His 570 points ranked ninth on the Black Knight’s single-season list and were the most points scored by an Army player since the 1994-95 season. Wilson’s scoring average was the highest by an Army player since 2000-01.
Army has now placed a player on an All-Met team in each of the last three seasons, a program first since a five-year run from 1983-87. With Ella Ellis’s second-team selection in 2013, the Black Knights have had players selected to the first or second-team in consecutive seasons for the first time since Kevin Houston in 1986 and 1987. It is the first time Army had two different players earn such distinction since Randy Cozzens in 1985 and Houston in 1986.
“It is a great honor for both Kyle and our program to be recognized as one of the premier players in the New York City area,” head coach Zach Spiker said. “Kyle has been a big part of our program’s unprecedented success in the last two seasons. His commitment and dedication to improving all areas of his game were obvious this past year. We look forward to his emerging leadership role which will help set the tone for Army basketball to reach bigger goals in the future.”
Wilson’s 973 points through his first two seasons represent the second-highest scoring total by an Army player through their sophomore season, trailing only Gary Winton who scored 1,022 points from 1974-76. Wilson is already one of just 12 players to make at least 100 career three-pointers and ranks second on the Black Knights’ three-point field goal percentage list at 42.7 percent (100-234).
A 2014 Patriot League All-Tournament selection, Wilson is just the third player in Army history to be named first-team All-Patriot League, NABC All-District and All-Met in the same season. Ellis accomplished the feat in both 2012 and 2013, while Mark Lueking was the first following the 1994-95 season.
Army finished its 2013-14 campaign with a 15-16 overall record and a 10-8 mark in Patriot League play. The Black Knights set a program standard for conference victories and posted back-to-back winning seasons in league contests for the first time. Army is the only team to appear in the Patriot League semifinals in each of the last two seasons and is one of just two teams to finish in the top half of the league in the last two years. The Black Knights’ 31 overall victories in that same span is the program’s best two-year total since 1977-78 and 1978-79 when the Mike Krzyzewski led Black Knights won 33 games.