NORMAN — When Emmanuel Wilson finished his basketball career at Norman North High School, he thought he would have a small chance at going to a large Division 1 school. Even though he hadn’t made the varsity starting lineup until his senior year figured he may have done enough to garner a few looks.
However, it didn’t work out that way. The 6-4, 190 pound Wilson had a couple of offers from some smaller D-I programs, but ended up signing with Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee.
For most athletes, that is where the story would end. They go for four years, have a nice career and prepare themselves for their next career.
But Wilson didn’t let the disappointment derail his ambition. He turned his five years with the Bison into the best decision he could ever have made.
“As a college career overall, it kind of exceeded my expectations,” Wilson said. “I think I did make the best decision as far as what I was given. Like most kids do, I do have a dream of going to play D-I basketball in college. But OBU has a great tradition and they were winning at the time and it was close to home. All that went into my decision.”
Wilson, the son of Paul and Princess Wilson, ended his college career earlier this year by leading his team to the NAIA national championship game for the second time in three years. He won the championship as a sophomore, but injuries to DeAngelo McIntosh kept the Bison from taking home the trophy in his final campaign as they lost to Concordia 72-69 March 20.
“We set the bar for what OBU basketball is supposed to be, in terms of heart and character,” former Norman coach and current Bison Coach Doug Tolin said. “I can only speak for the last 12 years, but this is the standard by which we measure what Bison basketball should and will be.”