Fresh off a productive college basketball career at Coastal Carolina, Elijah Wilson is ready to take his game to the next level.
With help from his basketball coach at Laney High School, the former Chanticleer is getting a chance to show his talents at the highest level of the sport.
Wilson will join some NBA draft prospects Wednesday at the Charlotte Hornets’ Spectrum Center for a pre-draft workout in front of Hornets brass.
“It’s like a dream come true,” said Wilson, who added that he’s already been in contact with teams from Germany, Sweden, Luxembourg, Switzerland and England interested in his services overseas.
Wilson said the opportunity with the Hornets came about via Nathan Faulk, his high school coach at Laney in Wilmington, N.C., who had connections with the NBA squad. Wilson said a player dropped out of the workout, leaving an open spot he was able to attain.
According to a release from the Hornets, Jamel Artis (Pittsburgh), Sidy Djitte (Clemson), Youssoupha Fall (Poitiers Basket 86), Xavier Rathan-Mayes (Florida State) and Melo Trimble (Maryland) will also work out.
“I’ve just got to go into it with the mindset that they’ve got to put on their shoes the same way you do,” Wilson said of performing alongside guys who could be selected in the NBA draft. “As an underdog, I don’t have as much to prove as they do. I’m going to just do the best I can and leave it all on the court.”
Wilson was Coastal’s second-leading scorer as a senior at 13.1 points per game. He finished his career third on Coastal’s all-time scoring list (1,886).
Scoring prowess is exactly what Wilson hopes to put on display Wednesday.
“I’ve been a [scorer] my whole life,” Wilson said. “I’m a guy who can be a scorer and try to make as many plays as possible for my teammates. That’s probably the strongest part in my game.”