Delgreco K. Wilson recently joined National College Preps (NCP) as the National Director of Basketball Scouting. We sat down with Mr. Wilson to discuss his thoughts as he begins his work with NCP.
NCP: You’ve had a scouting service and recruiting platform for over 5 years and it’s been very well received, why did you decide to join the NCP team?
DKW: I think it was primarily because I’ve had some success that I’ve decided to join NCP. Over the years, I’ve worked with young men like Jameer Nelson (Chester HS/St. Joseph’s/NBA), Dionte Christmas (Lutheran Prep/Temple/NBA), Samme Givens (ANC/Drexel/FIBA), Delonte West (Elanor Roosevelt/St. Joseph’s/NBA), Markeiff Morris (Prep Charter/Kansas/NBA), Marcus Morris (Prep Charter/Kansas/NBA), Dion Waiters (Life Center Academy/Syracuse/NBA), Derick Jones (Archbishop Carroll/UNLV/NBA), Savon Goodman (Constitution HS/Arizon St/FIBA), Austin Tilghman (Archbishop Carroll/Monmouth/FIBA), Langston Galloway (Christian Life Academy/St. Joseph’s/NBA) and Charlie Brown (George Washington HS/St. Joseph’s/NBA) as they transitioned from high school to college. In addition to those Philadelphia area kids, I’ve built strong relationships with Omhar Carter (Mississippi Basketball Association) in Mississippi, Ron Bailey in Washington, DC (HoyaReport), Tony Chiles in New York City (Bishop Loughlin), Jimmy Salmon and Marcus Toney-El in North Jersey (Immaculate Conception/NJ Playaz) as well as Rod Harrison (Mt. Zion Prep), Julian Brown (Team Melo) and Nick Myles (St. Frances Academy) in Baltimore, Maryland.
The simple truth is Black Cager Scouting Service was a small boutique firm and it really only focused on a select group of male elite mid to high major Men’s Basketball prospects. I want to serve far more student-athletes than was possible through Black Cager Scouting Service.
NCP: What was it about NCP that led you to join forces with them?
DKW: First and foremost, it was the leadership team. Greg Hood and Christian Lockhart have done an excellent job establishing NCP as the pre-eminent Black-owned college recruiting platform in America. These brothers are Clemson alums. Greg was running back for the Tigers. They have worked hard to position NCP as one of the top football recruiting platforms in the country. NCP’s reputation is outstanding among SEC, Big 10, ACC and other D1 football programs. Moreover and more importantly, they have developed and refined an outstanding computer-based scouting system. Their state of the art software will allow me to quickly share more information on more student-athletes than I ever could have through the Black Cager Scouting Service. Whereas, I have had to limit the number of prospects I could scout in the past, that is no longer the case.
In fact, I really look forward to working with low Division 1, Division 2, Division 3 and NAIA programs to match them up with qualified prospects. Additionally, we are really excited to give the girls as much attention as we give the boys.
NCP: You’ve never worked with the girls?
DKW: Yes, I have… But it’s always been limited. Again, as a boutique firm, I kinda focused on elite players. For example, a few of my favorite girls were Ashley Rosario (nee Louge), Alliya Butts, Nelli Perry, Aja Ellison and Tamyra “Mookie” Laws. Ashley Rosario was named Most Valuable Player for the Saint Joseph’s University Women’s Basketball team in 2010. She was one of the top post players in the Atlantic 10 and Philadelphia Big 5 during her career. Alliya Butts finished her career at Temple with 1,936 points, 420 assists, 292 threes, and 280 steals. She ranks second all-time at Temple in points. Alliya owns the all-time career records for threes and steals. She finished her career ranked fourth in assists. Alliya is the only player in Temple women’s basketball to be named All-Conference four times and is just the second player in Temple history to be named to four All-Big 5 teams. Nelly Perry scored over 1,000 points over a career that started at Clemson and ended at South Carolina. Nelly finished high school career with 2,091 points to become her school’s all-time leading scorer and the 24th player in South Jersey to score 2,000 points.
Aja Ellison played 3 seasons at Maryland and finished her collegiate career at Texas A&M where she set season career-highs for minutes played, points, rebounds, assists and field goal percentage. Tamyra is one my favorites. She a gritty tough girl from “Norf” Philly. A 5’8” guard her toughness was on full display when while playing for Frederick (Md.) Community College, pulled down 42 rebounds in a game against Howard CC. That season she averaged 21.9 points and 18.8 rebounds per game. She would finish her college career at Immaculata.
So yes… I’ve worked with girls, but not enough of them. There are so many girls that need the push that a good scouting service can provide.
NCP: Can you name a few girls that college coaches should be paying attention to right now?
DKW: Because (South Carolina Women’s Head Coach) Dawn Staley is a good friend of mine, I always make mental notes when I see girls that can play at the highest level. I make sure to pass the names off to Dawn whenever we talk. A few of the high level girls I have noticed recently are Hannah Hidalgo a freshman guard from Paul VI HS (NJ), Cire Worley a freshman guard from Abington HS (PA), Ava Sciolla a sophomore guard from Pennsbury HS (PA) and Destiney McPhaul a junior guard from West Catholic Prep HS (PA). These girls are all destined to play Division 1 basketball. If we can work with the families to give them the exposure and push that gets them where they want to be, my objectives will be more than satisfied.
NCP: When can we expect to see you out and about representing NCP?
DKW: I told Greg and Christian, I’m gonna start right away. While we deal with this horrific coronavirus situation, I can’t go watch live basketball. But, I am developing the NCP basketball prospect database. I am taking calls from college coaches, high school players and parents. We are reviewing films. We are making referrals and establishing connections.
More than ever before, I’ve been in touch with my friends that coach at the small college level. These guys are always looking for good players and they work at some strong programs. I stay in touch with guys like Gerald Holmes, Bloomfield College, Dan Burke, Wilmington University, Tim McDonald, Cabrini University, Damien Blair, West Chester University, Alfred Johnson, Elizabeth City University, Brian Gorman, Becker College (MA) and Jim Rullo, Neumann University. More than ever before, I’ll be able to help them identify good small college players.
NCP: We are excited to have come aboard our team and we look forward to helping a lot of kids transition from high school to college.
DKW: We will be the number 1 and the dominant Basketball Recruiting Service in the mid-Atlantic region by this time next year.