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October 4, 2011

Former Lumberjack Hoops Standout Josh Wilson to Return to Hungary

PENSACOLA, Fla. - Josh Wilson, a former Northern Arizona University Lumberjack and native of Longview, Wash., has reached an agreement to play basketball for Kapsovar Kosarlabda Klub in Hungary's A Division, which is Hungary's top division. 

After turning down offers to play in countries such as Austria, Finland, and Macedonia, Wilson decided to re-sign with Kapsovari KK, where last season he was sixth in the league in scoring while averaging 19.4 points, 4.1 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game.  For his outstanding performance, Wilson was selected to participate in 2011 Hungarian League All-Star Game.

"My family and I are very comfortable in Kaposvar and we are happy to be back," said Wilson on his decision to return to Kaspovarc.  "The team is on the right track in the preseason games so far and I think we'll have a good chance to finish at the top of the league."

Wilson played collegiately for Northern Arizona University from 2005 to 09 where he holds the single-season school assist record and career assist record (636).  During his career, Wilson received various honors, including being named to the 2008 All-Big Sky Conference second-team and being a preseason nominee for the prestigious Bob Cousy Award which is awarded annually to the top collegiate men's basketball point guards across all division of college basketball.

Upon graduation, Wilson played the 2009-10 season with Erdgas Ehingen in Germany's Pro B Division for the 2009-10 season where he averaged 14.5 point per game and 6.0 assists per game (3rd in the league) before moving to Kaspovar for the 2010-11 season.

A native of Longview, Washington, Wilson led Mark Morris High School to four league titles, three district titles, and two top five state finishes.  He was also named second team all-state by the Seattle Times

Josh will be paired this season with his new teammate Nik Raivio, a former University of Portland guard (2007-10) who grew up in Vancouver, Washington, just 40 minutes south of Wilson's hometown of Longview.  Raivio, an All-West Coast Conference first-team selection in 2009, played in the 2010 NBA summer league for the Portland Trail Blazers. 

"I am very excited to play with my friend and University of Portland standout Nik Raivio," said Wilson. "We compliment each other very well on the court and together can do some serious damage."

Wilson currently resides in his hometown of Longview, where he operates his own basketball academy.  Known as Roots Basketball, LLC, (www.rootshoops.com), the academy specializes in training future hoop stars with personalized workouts, training regiments, and the proper skill sets needed to succeed on the collegiate and professional level.   Through this program, Wilson hopes to impart his knowledge and skills of the game to young stars looking to elevate themselves to the next level.