Mo Wil­son, North­west Classen

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - SPORTS - ADAM KEMP, STAFF WRITER

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.”

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