PHS’ Bre Wilson flying to Fairmont State
Was a 1,000 point scorer for Big Reds
Parkersburg High’s hybrid guard selecting a major that dictated her higher education destination erected plenty of road blocks. Her wish to simultaneously learn and play basketball would be a hard task.
“Most of the people I talked to said it was almost if not impossible to do nursing and a Division I sport, and that is why I wanted to kind of go Division II to do both,” said Wilson.
“She is mature beyond her years and has her priorities in order. She’s using basketball to get where she wants to go,” said PHS head coach Scott Cozzens.
Her process also went slower than most. After she missed her sophomore year of AAU basketball, the most crucial year, with the West Virginia Thunder, the offers weren’t exactly flowing in.
But, she never lost faith in receiving an opportunity to fulfill her goals.
“I put in a lot of work into coming back and made sure I came back stronger,” said Wilson. No where was this more evident than at the 2019 state tournament. Wilson averaged 19 points per game, but her breakout game came in the title game against University. The junior single-handedly swayed the matchup in the Big Reds’ favor with a 27-point performance, including seven 3s.
The offers followed shortly after the performance.
NCAA Division II’s California University of Pennsylvania became the first school to offer her back in March of 2019.
And while the Oct. 24 offer from Division I school Charleston Southern was nice, it largely went unrecognized except by a post on Twitter. West Virginia State also added the school to her mix in the same month, but Wilson said neither D-II school felt right.
Although Fairmont State entered the game late, Wilson jumped at the chance to visit the campus and head coach Stephanie Anderson’s program in January. Wilson said she came away from the trip to Fairmont impressed with the coaches and the team’s play style.
“They are very fast placed and that is how I play,” she said.
Her decision followed in early February.
“I feel they snagged a D-I player for a D-II program,” said Cozzens of the decision. “She’s got all the tools they are looking for. She’s a 5-11 guard who is really athletic with length. She can shoot from deep and is a good on the ball defender. She has a good IQ for the game. There will be a lot of schools sad they didn’t get her.”
The Big Reds’ decision entered her in Anderson’s recruiting class alongside a duo of fellow West Virginia players. Parkersburg Catholic’s Madeline Huffman and North Marion’s Taylor Buonamici committed earlier in the year. They won’t be lacking for familiar faces to talk to, either. Past W.Va. high school players on the 2020-21 version of the Flying Falcons are Taylor Duplaga, Katy Darnell, Rachel Laskody, Presley Tuttle, Jertaya Hall, Gracy Lamm and Emily Riggs.
Wilson’s highlights during her time at PHS include: two Class AAA state championships, a career 1,000-point scorer, second and third team all-state appearances, and she was a member of the 2018-19 all-state tournament team.