Mo Wilson, Northwest Classen
Mo Wilson II is carrying on the family legacy.
After helping Northwest Classen make a deep postseason run, reaching the Class 5A state semifinals, Wilson announced his next destination.
The 6-foot-6, do-everything forward is following in the footsteps of mom and dad, committing to play basketball at Southern Nazarene University.
“We’ve got family ties there,” Wilson said. “I definitely want to forge my own path, but this felt like the right decision.”
After averaging more than 17 points per game to go along with 8.1 rebounds and nearly four assists, Wilson has been named to The Oklahoman’s Super 5 team.
The resurrection of Northwest Classen basketball has been a steady process since coach Jason Jack took over a few years ago after a 2-22 season.
Jack says Wilson has been instrumental to the stability of the program.
“Mo comes in to work every single day,” Jack said. “Kids know that and see that, and they admire that. That’s how you change a program around, is with great leadership like that.”
For Wilson, having great basketball examples around him is all he’s ever really known.
Mo Wilson’s father, Mo Wilson Sr., who is one of the assistant coaches at Northwest Classen, played at Southern Nazarene University after his career at Star Spencer High School.
Mo Wilson’s mother, Anita, attended SNU, where she was a part of the NAIA championship team in 1989.
His sister Mikayla was a standout at Northwest Classen, too, before going on to play at York College.
“It feels good,” Mo Wilson II said about helping the Knights reach backto-back state semifinals. “I’ve had a lot of alumni coming back and coming up and saying what’s up and saying congratulations. It’s great knowing that people support me.”