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Moments in TSU History: Monty Wilson Named Freshman of the Year
Friday, May 29, 2020
Moments in TSU History: Monty Wilson Named Freshman of the Year

In 1994, Tennessee State men's basketball guard Monty Wilson was named the Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Year despite breaking his hand midway through the season.

Wilson averaged 13.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per game as a freshman and was a key piece for the Tigers' OVC-winning team.

The Tigers had talented upper-classmen all over the depth chart, but Wilson still got quality minutes in games against Cincinnati, UCLA and Alabama.

Wilson may have gone down with an injury, but his TSU career was far from over.

Wilson rebounded from missing time and was named to the OVC's First Team during his junior campaign while scoring an average of 19.6 points per contest and grabbing seven rebounds. He then was named All-OVC First Team again during his senior season despite playing through injuries to his face and foot.

Potential NBA suitors may have had qualms about Wilson's prior injuries, but that didn't stop him from playing professional basketball after leaving Tennessee State.

Wilson signed with a team in Puerto Rico and found immediate success, averaging a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds per game. Wilson was even named MVP of the Puerto Rico BSN league in 2001 and his team won the championship in 2003.

He continued to have a long and successful career overseas. 

Former Tigers Jason Johnson, Kevin Samuel, Bruce Price and Patrick Miller have also garnered the OVC Freshman of the Year award, but Wilson will always have the distinction of being the first.