In his third college basketball game, Laurel resident AJ Wilson, 20, missed his only shot from the field and committed two fouls in just seven minutes of action against Binghamton.
The next day at practice he had a conversation with George Mason University head coach Dave Paulsen.
“I felt at that point he was being too hard on himself,” Paulsen noted. “There are so many great players from this area. He is looking around at other kids he knows and comparing himself to them.”
The message must have resonated with Wilson, who attended Deerfield Run and Montpelier elementary schools in Laurel.
The next day, after talking to Paulsen, and two days after the Binghamton...