November 8, 2004
Wilson Injured and Out for 2 Weeks
MARYVILLE, Mo. -- The Northwest Missouri State men's basketball team will be without the services of senior guard Sky Wilson (Indio, Calif.) for at least two weeks, announced today by team officials. Wilson suffered a concussion during an intra-squad scrimmage on Sunday, Oct. 7.
"Any time you lose a good player such as is the case with Sky, you create an opportunity for other players," said head coach Steve Tappmeyer. "Some other guys such as (Josh) Vanderslice and (Joel) Osborn will have to step up. Obviously, injuries are bad but we are going to make a positive out of this as much as possible."
Leading all backcourt returners with 30 games started last year, Wilson put up 10.3 points and 3.5 assists per game. He reached double-digit point totals in 18 contests. Recognized in the top 10 in the MIAA (10th) with 3.53 assists per game, Wilson was also third in the league in free throw percentage (.848) and fourth in assist/turnover ratio (1.88) and shot a team-high .429 from three-point land. Wilson dished out at least two assists in 15 straight games during the course of last season. Wilson was a two-year performer at Scottsdale Community College (Ariz.) for two seasons prior to Northwest.
Northwest, who is No. 12 in the 2004-05 Division II Bulletin Pre-Season rankings, opens 2004-05 play with an exhibition contest at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Wednesday Nov. 10 at 7:00 p.m. The first home matches are set for Nov. 16 and Nov. 17 at 7:00 p.m. with the 29th annual Ryland Milner Classic to follow Nov. 19-20.
The Bearcats are fresh off a 29-5 NCAA Division II Elite 8 Appearance last season - their fifth straight trip to the NCAA playoffs. Northwest ended the 2003-04 regular season polls with a No. 15 ranking