Key NJAC Matchup Features Star Players Wilson and Brackett
By: Glenn Brown
Glassboro, N.J. – When The College of New Jersey Lions travel to Glassboro on Wednesday night to play host Rowan University Profs, there will be a lot of eyes on the key matchup that may determine the NJAC Conference Player of the Year. The matchup that I am referring to features senior forwards Bobby Brackett of TCNJ, and Shawn Wilson of Rowan.
The two senior leaders lead their respective teams in multiple categories as Brackett averages a double-double of 15.9 ppg and 10.2 rpg to lead the Lions. Wilson leads the Profs with an average of 20 ppg and 6 rpg. The matchup between these two teams also has major NJAC conference implications as TCNJ record stands at 15-5, while the Profs are 12-8 on the year. The Lions are currently in second place in the Men’s NJAC basketball standings while Rowan sits in fourth place.
The journey that led these two standouts was very rough and difficult as Brackett enrolled at TCNJ and immediately contributed as a freshman and sophomore. Before Brackett could really break out and become a star, he tore his Achilles before his junior season and was ultimately ruled out for the season. Before this injury, Brackett averaged a double-double during his sophomore year and was primed to breakout as a junior. For Wilson, his journey started at Atlantic-Cape Community College in Mays Landing, New Jersey. “When I arrived at Rowan I was just trying to fit in and play my game”, said Wilson after a Tuesday practice. After starring at ACCC and finishing up his associates degree, Wilson made the easy on court transition to Rowan by leading the Profs in points and rebounds last year. Each player has taken a different path to stardom and as the conference tournament around the corner, each team will be looking for their star to bring home the win and possibly gain momentum late in the season.