Elijah Wilson’s college basketball career allowed him to be part of a historic trip to Cuba.
He’s also vacationed in the Dominican Republic.
Now, he’s set to embark upon farther travels.
The former Coastal Carolina standout has signed to play for Basketball Club Raiffeisen Flyers Wels in Austria, where he’ll be from late August until sometime in May 2018.
Basketball Club Raiffeisen Flyers Wels is a member of the top league in Austria, A Bundesliga.
“I’m an open-minded person. I like to experience new things and, shoot, any time you get the chance to continue to get paid for something that you love to do, you’re more willing to branch out of your comfort zone in order to try it out,” said Wilson, who played for the Chanticleers from 2013-17 and was a member of the 2015 team that became the first Division I squad to take a tour in Cuba. “I was blessed and fortunate enough to get this opportunity to continue playing so I’m going to try to take advantage of it as much as possible.”
Wilson secured the deal last week and expects to arrive in Austria either Aug. 25 or 26.
“It was nice to get it out [of] the way just so I could just move forward from there and start getting ready for when I go over there,” he said.
BC Raiffeisen Flyers Wels plays in Austria’s top league, A Bundesliga.
“It was one of the best leagues where you could possibly start, being a rookie coming out of school – especially a smaller school like Coastal,” said Wilson, a 6-foot-4 guard. “It’s the top league in the country. I know a couple guys that have played for the teams [in that league] and started there and now they’re having successful careers. So I just felt like that was the best opportunity for me out of the options I’ve had.”
Wilson said his deal includes one meal a day, a car and a two-bedroom house. It will also include a whole new experience for the Wilmington, North Carolina native.
“You’re honestly not going to know how it’s going to be until you get over there,” said Wilson, who had a workout with the Charlotte Hornets last month. “I’d imagine there’s going to be a little adjustment period because [people back home are] going to be on a different time zone and I’m going to be on a different time zone. When everybody’s up here, I’m probably going to be getting ready to go to sleep and vice versa. And when I’m going to bed, they’re up.
“So it’s going to be a little adjustment. I’m going to try stay as connected as possible and see what type of time schedule works best for my friends and family here. It’ll be a new little adjustment period, but I think it will be fine.”
On the court, Wilson plans to provide the same attributes that helped him finish his CCU career as the school’s third all-time leading scorer.
13.9Elijah Wilson’s career scoring average at Coastal Carolina
“[I’m going to do] what I’ve been doing just about my whole career,” Wilson said. “Score, score and a [be] player that’s going to play hard and compete as much as possible to help the team be successful.”