Former Laney hoopster, Coastal Carolina standout receives preseason praise

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After winning back-to-back Big South Basketball Championships and turning in a combined 45 wins over the past two seasons, with a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances, Coastal Carolina  has been selected second in the annual preseason poll by the league’s head coaches and media members.

Elijah Wilson. Photo courtesy- Coastal Carolina Athletics
Elijah Wilson. Photo courtesy- Coastal Carolina Athletics

Former Laney standout Elijah Wilson was named to the conference’s preseason first team. The all-freshman team and honorable mention honoree in 2013-14 is the reigning Big South Tournament MVP after averaging 20.3 points per game en route to leading Coastal to the title.

Last season, Wilson ranked on the team in scoring, averaging 11.3 points per game, while leading the Chanticleers with 66 made 3-pointers. He enters his junior campaign 88 points shy of becoming the 20th Coastal Carolina player to score 1,000 career points.

Wilson finished his senior season at Laney averaging 22.2 points and 9.2 rebounds per game, while shooting 45 percent from the field, 38 percent from three-point range and 77 percent at the free throw line. He’s also currently tied with NBA legend Michael Jordan, who also attended Laney, for most points scored in a game after dropping 42 points in a four-overtime thriller.

He attended prep school at Mount Zion Christian Academy before enrolling at Coastal Carolina in nearby Conway, South Carolina.