About Delgreco K. Wilson

A former scholastic (Darby Township/Academy Park HS) and collegiate (Lincoln University) student-athlete, I have spent the past 20 years advising and mentoring student-athletes in the Greater Philadelphia Region.  As a result, I have established some strong relationships with players, HS coaches, AAU coaches and college coaches.  One thing that has always bothered me is the lack of accurate information regarding the college admission and eligibility process.  Time after time, extremely talented and hard working student-athletes find themselves unable to accept NCAA Division 1 and Division 2 scholarships because they were misinformed about the academic requirements.  In most cases, we have been able to help families take the necessary steps to become eligible.  However, over time, the rules become more and more restrictive.  The options available to young people ten years ago are no longer available to kids today.  Beginning in 2016, many of the strategies available today will no longer be available.

Parents, coaches, advisors and other interested parties need to understand that athletic talent, simply stated, is NOT sufficient. Success is dependent upon navigation of the murky shark infested waters in which HS, AAU and collegiate athletics is played.  

What is the NCAA Clearinghouse?  What are the NCAA eligibility requirements?  Does my high school have a strong track record of producing eligible student-athletes?  Which colleges graduate their African-American student-athletes?  Which agents actually ensure their clients are successful off the court and after the ball stops bouncing?  Which athletes are committed to helping youngsters achieve their goals?  These are some of the topics we will address.

I look forward to spirited, serious discussion of these topics.  At all times, the focus will be on helping student-athletes and their families make well informed and rational decisions that are in their best interest.

Delgreco K. Wilson

43 responses

  1. You should do a story on how some mainline private schools do not play their best (black) player in games or meets where scouts maybe present.

  2. My dissertation research is on how Black families (specifically mothers) navigate the recruiting process. Thank you for sharing information in a way that is accessible and readable for families!

  3. I’d like to thank you for the efforts you’ve put in writing this website.
    I’m hoping to see the same high-grade blog posts from you later on as well.

    In fact, your creative writing abilities has inspired me to get my own website now 😉

  4. Love reading your blog Mr.Wilson.
    I am a former Division One head basketball coach and long time assistant at a number of “big time” D1 basketball programs.
    Your message and your insight are spot on and needs to be heard in the schools and homes of all African American aspiring high school athletes.
    I am starting a foundation here in Connecticut where I plan on using my experiences and contacts from 35 years as a college coach to assist many young men of color in navigating the process of getting into college and being a student athlete.
    Continued success to you and I look forward to reading more of your impact-full insights.
    Michael Brown

    Yes that IS my name and I feel a certain spence of responsibility to help young men of color since my namesake was shot dead while unarmed.

    • If you are willing to write under your name, I’ll publish anything you want on the site… It has over 40,000 views…

      I’d be very interested in reading an argument spelling out exactly how I ruin “basketball player’s” lives…

      Take a few minutes and jot down your thoughts… Please…

      Delgreco K. Wilson

  5. EveryPhillyHoopsPlayer

    What have you done to help today’s youths? Stop being an asshole, stop the hate, mentors are always needed.

    Grateful to have someone who have identified this niche and is aggressively working to impact change.

    Thanks Del.

    • Appreciate the read… I approved his comment because I think people should see how others feel about The Black Cager… I think some would prefer to keep young people and parents in the dark and uninformed…

  6. Grec, what’s up man ? At home today, enjoying a day off due to the weather. I just came across your writings in The Black Cager. Real good, positive shit man, keep up the good work.

  7. Interested in finding out where to check out good summer basketball, h.s. and college players. Sonny Hill does not have a website. Not originally from Philly, but love hoop, want to become involved, get around the game again.

  8. Thank you for that article Mr. Wilson. Thank you because you put things in perspective and did your homework; which was reflective by your resources. I encourage you to not be distracted by your cynical responders.(we all have them). Keep up the good work and KUDOS to you.

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  10. Del Greco, Former student bumped into at the philly nyc game. Great seeing you. Just from excerpts seems to be a powerful read. They do a few forums and coaching workshops up here. You would make a great speaker. Shoot me a line what your doing and where I can pick up the book

  11. Hi Mr Delgreco, I hardly received any help from the hs where my son graduated from regarding NCAA Clearinghouse, IEP -college. If it wasn’t for other coachs, parents from rival schools informing us my son academic, hoop days would be over. Are all colleges required to assist in ref to IEP?? My son is a visual learner & didn’t have one on file @ this certain school. And I definitely informed the coach, counselor about his IEP while in school(gave a copy).

  12. Delgreco: thought you might be interested…based upon my initiative in nominating him, Leroy Eldridge (Darby Township 1967) has been elected to the Delaware County Athletes Hall of Fame. He will be inducted in April of next years. It is my intention to nominate Oliver Smith and Harold Booker for the hall next year.

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  14. Hello sir, I was told to contact you by Casey Carter! My name is David Taylor, I am the assistant coach of the #1 fifth grade AAU team in the country “NewWorld”. Myself along with another head coach and assistant coach have been coaching mostly these same group of kids since they where in the 1st grade. I am now looking for funding to help with tournaments, flights, hotel etc… if there is any advice that you can share it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks and look forward to hearing from you. Feel free to reach me at (202)856-6029

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