Miami has seen some pretty good players already this season.
But Rusty Mercer thinks Clay Wilson of Tulsa Lincoln Christian could be one of the best yet.
“I am told he’s as good as anybody we will see all year,” Mercer said as the Wardogs tackle Lincoln Christian today at 7:30 p.m. in a first-round Boys’ Round Robin game in the Northeastern A&M Tournament.
“Their other guys are good role players who are capable, if we spend too much time worrying about Wilson, that are capable of knocking down shots and playing their role,” Mercer said. “They are really sound defensively.”
The Bulldogs opened the season losing six of their first nine, but they’ve won three straight, including a 56-29 romp over Drumright on Tuesday.
“We’re starting to get guys healthy,” Lincoln coach Teddy Owens said. “We’d been without Clay for the early part of the season. We brought him back for the Chouteau game (on Dec. 15). We knew he wasn’t 100 percent yet, but we thought he was good enough to go — and re-aggravated it.”
Wilson was held out of a couple more games to insure the injury was completely healed.
“Their record is a little deceiving since Wilson has been hurt and they have played some good people,” Mercer said. “They haven’t had him back for very long.”
The 6-3 Wilson has been slowed by a hip flexor injury.
The Wardogs (2-7) are looking to snap a seven-game losing streak that dates back to their last tournament — the Sperry Invitational back in early December.
“We’re more worried about us and our consistency, our effort and us moving forward,” Mercer said. “We’re wanting to make it a goal that we’re playing our best basketball when it counts.”
Miami has been idle since Saturday’s 55-32 loss at Seneca, Mo.
The Wardogs got nine points from Hayden Delano. Casey Hunter added eight while Tony Rodriguez and Jacob Cheatham added six.
“We’ve been talking to some of our coaches about Miami and they said he (Mercer) has got them playing as a team but they don’t have a lot of size,” Owens said. “We’re in the same boat. We are similar in that we are patient and like to take good shots. I think they are better than what their record has shown.”