Wilson named Athlete of the Week
Jeremy Wilson believes in perseverance.
“There’s never a reason to give up,” said the energetic senior at Glenwood Springs High School.
Wilson, a forward on the boys basketball team, was selected as this week’s Athlete of the Week. He was selected for the McDonald’s honor by school coaches and staff members.
His never-give-up attitude and his on-court performance led to Wilson’s selection as the Athlete of the Week.
A starter on a prep basketball team that has won only game, Wilson said the team keeps working and working. And a tough won-loss record certainly is no reason to give up.
“We know that we can beat anyone in our league. The potential is there … the mental consistency is what we need to find,” Wilson said of the Demon boys.
Wilson is perhaps the most versatile of the Demons. He can play inside and bang with the big guys.
Or he can go outside and shoot jumpers, including 3s.
“I’m kind of in-between size,” said the personable Wilson, who is a two-time all-conference football player for the Demons.
“So I can go inside and bang with the big guys or go outside and shoot 3s,” Wilson said.
Wilson said the team is continuing to look ahead and work hard in practice.
“By districts, we’ll be playing better. We can surprise `em,” Wilson said.
He said the 4A state bracketing allows a team to pick up some late victories and march right into the state playoffs.
“We know we can go on,” Wilson said. “That was great last year,” he said of the Glenwood Springs boys advancing to the round of 32 and playing at powerhouse Colorado Springs Mitchell.
“That was … fun,” Wilson recalled.
This year, he said, the team hopes to get back to that level.
And even though the losses have mounted up, Wilson said it’s gratifying when opposing coaches talk to the Demons after games.
“Coach say we have heart … and we don’t give up,” Wilson said, matter-of-factly.
That same never-give-up attitude will accompany Wilson to Colorado State University in Fort Collins next year.
He said he plans to give college football a try as a walk-on at CSU, preferably as a placekicker. Last fall, Wilson was the Demons’ most potent weapon on the football field.
His field goals included a long, booming 48-yarder that helped him secure a walk-on invitation at CSU.
“We’ll see what happens,” Wilson said. “If I make it great; if not, I’ll just be a student and I’ll play intramurals.”
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