Q&A with Wasps' 'Bigman' Matt Wilson

17/04/2013 14:26

Often deemed as the Wasps’ “Bigman” at an impressive 6”7, Matt Wilson played his debut season with the Wasps last term and seemed to have enjoyed every second of it…

By Stephanie Cox

How long have you been playing basketball, professionally or otherwise?

I’ve been playing since the age of 8 years old. I’ve played for Rotherham Hawks in National League, then Doncaster league for Rotherham and Alverley; but this is my first year in the Senior National League.

Are you a competitive person, or player? Does this affect how you play your game?

I’m quite a laid-back person as a rule, but very competitive whilst playing. If somebody thinks they’re better, then my attitude is, “Bring it on!” My game shows this as I am very quiet in the opening minutes, and then I’m ready.

What would you say are your main strengths and weaknesses in relation to basketball?

I would say my strengths are rebounding and boxing out. I enjoy the challenge of basketball. My weakness would have to be that I over-think and rush some plays.

How are you finding playing for the Hull Wasps so far?

I’m really enjoying playing for the Wasps, they have coaching staff and a supportive side, and a great leader in John Kelsey.

Do you have any other interests/hobbies outside of basketball (or interests in other sports?)

In my time away from basketball, I enjoy playing football as well. I also enjoy listening to music and spending time with my family and friends.

What are your plans for your future in basketball?

I’m hoping to stay with the Hull Wasps for a couple of seasons.

If you could meet any basketball player in person, who would it be? What would you ask them?

I am a massive fan of the often misunderstood Dennis Rodman. So I would ask him what drove him on and off the court in order to become an all-time great?

What has been your favourite moment or game so far, and why?

My favourite game would have to be the opening game at Ennerdale. Great atmosphere that really gets the Wasps thriving for the win, really brings the best out of the side.